When Contacting the Building Department
Being prepared will save you time. You will be asked what you are planning to do, the address, and how the work is to be done. These answers will determine what type of application will be used. This should also provide you with the information needed to make your project a success and to avoid potential problems which could cost you time and money.
Submit an Application & Site Plan
The application provides the Building Department information about the construction project you are doing. You will need to provide who will perform the work, what work will be done, where the work will be done, how the work will be done, and a list of supplies that will be used. Drawings, plans, or sketches of the proposed work will have to be submitted for review.
Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing applications are processed at the time of application. Building permits take 7-10 days as they must be reviewed by the building official and the zoning official. Some plans may need to be reviewed by the city's planners, engineers, and the Planning Commission. The time frame for this review will be discussed when the application is submitted.
Issuing a Permit
No work may be started until a permit is issued. This rule is for your protection as well as to ensure the city that the work complies with applicable city ordinances. Fees and/or bonds will be paid at the time of the issuance of the permit. Additional fees for hook-ups to water and sewer lines will also be paid at the time of issuance of a permit.
Posting the Permit
You are required to post your building permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site. All lots under construction must be clearly marked with the lot number and the address of the property before any inspections will be made. Addresses can be posted on the lot (not in the city's right-of-way), or on the building. You are also required to keep a copy of the building plans at the site and notify the Building Department of any proposed changes. Changes may require a review and approval the same as the original application.
The city requires certain phases of construction to be inspected by the city inspectors to make sure the work conforms to the codes adopted by the city. This is explained more fully on the inspections page.