Building Frequently Asked Questions
How can I obtain my Contractors License?
All contractors, generals and subs, are required to have a City issued contractor's license prior to performing work in the City. If your contractor's license is not valid, please fill out the application and submit as directed on the application to assure efficient permit review times click here.
How can I get a copy of my Plot Plan?
To obtain a copy of your Plot Plan please fill out and submit the form below to receive your Plot Plan via email:
How can I submit a Soils Report or Spot Survey for an inspection on new home construction?
You can submit your report or survey by clicking here
Where should I go to drop off plans for my project?
Plans for Building Permits should be submitted at the City Hall Building, 1001 Schroeder Creek Blvd.
How long does it take to obtain a permit?
Miscellaneous permits take approximately three - seven business days to complete. New construction (master) house permits take seven - 10 business days and new construction (same as) house permits take five - seven business days. Building permits are valid for six months from the date of the last inspection.
How long is a permit valid and can it be extended?
Occupancy Permits are valid for 90 days and may be extended by contacting the Building Official. All other permits are valid for six months from the time of the last inspection. To extend a permit click here.
I finished my basement without a permit and now I need to sell my house. What do I do?
A permit is required for projects previously completed. A disclaimer statement is provided on the property card to note that no inspections of the underlying walls occurred and that a permit was obtained after construction. The inspector will note any other changes to the dwelling from the previous inspection. Some changes may be required to meet current building codes.
Is a permit required for concrete flat work?
Yes, permits are required for driveway installation and proximity of slabs or curb cuts at an intersection. A Miscellaneous Building Permit is used for driveway permits. No, permit is needed for patios or non-driveway related slabs. Consult with the Building Inspector if you are unsure.
My neighbor has been cited for tall grass, how long does it take to get it cut?
Either the resident in violation will cut the grass (needs to be less than eight inches) or the City will send out a contractor to cut the grass after a 10 day notice period (first violation), 5 day notice period (repeat viloation). Once the contractor has cut the grass, the City will post a lien on the property for the moving service.
Can I schedule a specific time for my inspection?
Timed inspections are reserved for footings, sewer laterals and occupancy inspections. All others can reserve a morning or afternoon inspection.
Can I perform the work under a permit myself or must I have a licensed contractor?
Work of a minor nature within a home can be done by the homeowner, however, if excessive violations are noted at the time of the inspection, a licensed professional may be required.
What should I do when selling or buying a house with unpermitted work?
Unpermitted work happens for many reasons. You may be hesitant about the requirements, the additional paperwork, the home assessments, etc. However, when it comes time to buy or sell the home, this information should be disclosed. You can always call the building division to ask if a permit was obtained and approved for the work completed.
If you are the home buyer, it is a good idea to find out if the proper permits were obtained and, most importantly, that the inspections were approved for the work completed. There will be an approval sticker or signed off permit card for the final inspection if the permit work is approved. As the home seller, don’t hesitate to apply for permits for work that was completed without the proper documentation.
The Building Department will work with the homeowner on an individual basis to get the paperwork completed and inspections approved so that we can make sure that the work is safe and code compliant. You can start the process by filling out the permit application online here:
Miscellaneous Permit Application
Please note on the application or the permit drawings that the work has already been completed without permit.
Feel free to call the Building Division with any questions, at 636-327-5101.