The Residential Permit Process

Overview

The Residential Permit Process

The information below describes typical steps of the Residential Permit Process. Every project is different and the process may vary slightly. The information provided is for general reference only.

The information below describes typical steps of the Residential Permit Process. Every project is different and the process may vary slightly. The information provided is for general reference only.

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Determine if Permit is Required
The Residential Permit Process - Step 2

When is a Residential Building Permit Required?

According to State code, no building or structure regulated by the State code shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained.

A building permit is required for most types of residential construction including, but not limited to the following:

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Residential Project Review & Approval
The Residential Permit Process - Step 3

After I submit for a permit, what happens next?

At the time of submittal, the project will be assigned a tracking number (plan check number) that will be used to track the progress of the plans and plan review. 

Some simpler projects can be issued over the counter, whereas others will need to be submitted into plan check. If your plans will require a plan check, they will be distributed by Building staff to the necessary City department for their review and comment. 

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Residential Fees & Permit Issuance
The Residential Permit Process - Step 4

Once my project is approved, will I need to pay any fees?

Once your project is approved, you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits fees or other fees that may apply to your project. Permit fees are based on a combination of project valuation, building size, and a fixed rate schedule. (Please keep in mind that some projects may also require fees to be paid to other City divisions and/or other agencies.)

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Residential Building Inspections
The Residential Permit Process - Step 5

Once my building permit is issued, should I request inspections?

Yes. The inspections that follow the issuance of the permit are provided to ensure that work completed on your project meets current building codes and standards.

How do I request an inspection?

You can request an inspection two ways, by the automated phone system or online using eTrakit. Requests by 6:00 a.m. Monday-Friday will be eligible for inspections that same day. It is expected that all related work will be completed prior to requesting an inspection.