Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm – Please call prior to 5:00 pm for all inspection requests.
Phone: (801) 446-5327
Fax: (801) 838-9073
Building Official: Cathryn Nelson
Assistant Building Official/Inspector: Lon Christensen
Building Inspector: Doug Adams
Permit Technician: Kathleen White
Permit Technician: Taneal Crane
Just a reminder that most construction work requires a permit and inspections by the city Building Department (see menu at right). However, let’s take a look at work that does NOT require a permit.
National Building Safety Month
Cathryn Nelson, Building Official
In America we observe and honor many things by making it National ‘Whatever’ Month. June is National Camping Month. November is Adopt-a-Turkey Month. And, surprise, January is National Artichoke and Asparagus Month! But few are aware that May is National Building Safety Month. Building Safety ensures that with new construction, all systems are designed with safety in mind, and during the actual construction process, the building is built according to those safe plans.
All of us have been disturbed and distressed to see news footage of the extensive damage that occurs when an earthquake hits less developed countries – countries that haven’t enforced safe construction. Homes are leveled to near dust, many people are injured and even die, and the economic impact is often felt for decades. However, those images help remind us why designing and constructing safely matters.
The International Code Council (ICC) is the organization that is used to create and enforce the codes of safety. The State of Utah and Herriman City have both adopted these codes. The first page of every code book states, “The purpose of this code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare.”
Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks is the theme for this May’s observation. The ICC proclamation for Building Safety Month, which Governor Herbert will sign, states in part, “Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council, to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardians of public safety – our local code officials – who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings.”
The Building Department hopes the residents of Herriman City realize that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes on the local, state and national level. We encourage all to take appropriate steps to ensure that the places we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable.
In our Department we jokingly say, “When we do our jobs right, nothing happens!” When it comes to safe buildings, that’s a good thing. As future articles on building safety are published, we hope you will remember the objective of Herriman City’s Building Department is to do just that – to make sure nothing (bad) happens.
Work that does NOT require a permit:
- fences not over 7 feet high (see link at right for clear-view requirements or taller fences)
- swings and other playground equipment for a residence
- decks with walking surface not over 30 inches above the finish ground level
- one-story detached garages, sheds, playhouses and similar buildings that are 200 square feet or less; however, if it is wired with electrical lights or outlets, it will still need an electrical permit (see Detached Structure). Regardless of the size of the structure, it cannot be placed any closer than 3 feet from the property lines and must comply with all other Zoning restrictions – contact the Planning Department at (801) 446-5323 or email@example.com.
- prefabricated swimming pools that are entirely above the ground and do not exceed 2 feet in depth; however, you must contact Herriman City Building Department for information on fencing requirements. Also see Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Water
- portable spa (hot tub) with an electrical cord and plug (not ‘hard-wired’)
- window awnings supported by the wall of the house, which do not project more than 54″
- repair and maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems; however, replacing or adding a new furnace, air conditioner or water heater DOES require a permit
Also, be aware that ALL retaining walls DO require a permit regardless of height, whether built with rock, brick, block, masonry, concrete, railroad ties, etc. For information and forms to submit for any permit, see list below. There is no charge for the permit if the wall is 4′ in height or less (please see Retaining Walls)
Payments for permits costing more than $1,000 must be made by check, and should be made payable to Herriman City. Payments of $1,000 and less can also be made with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
For questions regarding building permits contact the Building Department at (801) 446-5327