Building Staff

Building Official: Cathryn Nelson

Assistant Building Official/Inspector: Lon Christensen
Plans Examiner: John Brannon
Building Inspector: Doug Adams, Taneal Crane and Eric Bosch
Permit Technician: Kathleen WhiteShellie Baertsch, and Summer Velasquez

Contact Us:

Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm – Please call prior to 4:30 for all inspection requests.

Phone: (801)446-5327

City Hall has re-opened to the public for the Community Development and Customer Service areas only.
All permit submissions must still be submitted electronically.  We also prefer payments to continue to be done electronically.
Safety measures for inspections are still being required (vacating the building or at least 6′ distancing).  Any COVID-19 outbreaks on job sites must still be reported to the Building Department.

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.

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 cannot be taller than 16′ to the mid-point of the roof. There are frequently other Zoning restrictions on individual lots, especially corner lots and when placing a structure to the side of a home. Contact the Zoning Department at (801) 446-5323 or email them at for your specific setbacks and restrictions.
  • prefabricated swimming pools that are entirely above the ground and do not exceed 2 feet in depth; however, you must comply with fencing requirements (see Pools). 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
  • adding a layer of shingles to the roof; however, if you are removing all shingles down to the wood sheathing of the roof, you are required to get a permit and an inspection on the roof once the shingles are removed and a final inspection once the roof is re-shingled. This permit cost is $94.94 and can be issued at the counter.

Please be aware that dumpsters and construction materials must not create an obstruction to the public.

Payments for permits costing more than $1,000 may be made by phone, (801)446-5323, with an electronic check. Payments of $1,000 and less can also be made with a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

For questions regarding building permits contact the Building Department at (801) 446-5327 or see our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.

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