A building permit is required for almost any project that involves new building construction or alterations and repairs to existing structures. Staff in the Planning & Building Divisions will review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a construction permit. No construction activity may start until a building permit has been issued.
Your permit allows the code officials to enforce state and local codes and laws that set minimum standards to ensure public health, safety, and welfare. By following codes and guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.
We place a priority on providing you with a high level of service and the resources necessary to keep your project moving.
Some projects may require the submittal of plans or third-party investigation reports for review, and may also require payment of a plan check deposit fee. Others, like a re-roofing project or minor repairs, may require minimal information and the permit can be issued "over-the-counter" upon receipt of a complete application. The City's Planning Division is responsible for reviewing and approving new construction projects and exterior alterations to existing non-residential properties.
Once submittals are complete and approved, a permit may be issued for the construction to begin. The permit will expire if construction is not commenced within 365 days from the issuance date.
A building inspector will make inspections at various stages of work to ensure the work is being done according to the approved plans and codes. These inspections are specified in the permit, and permit owners must contact the City to arrange at least 24 hours in advance. The City may also require the owner to engage the services of pre-approved special inspectors for certain types of construction activities. After the final inspection, building permit records and copies of approved plans are kept on file at the City as required by state law.