Basement Walkouts

Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm – Please call prior to 4:30 pm for all inspection requests.
Phone: (801)446-5327

If you are planning to construct a basement walkout, you are required to submit for and obtain a building permit and have inspections.

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

Requirements for Submitting a Permit Application for a Basement Walkout

  1. Permit Application Form
  2. Construction Plans (see sample Walkout Stair Detail). Many projects of this type will require wet stamped (original stamped) Engineering from a Utah State Licensed Engineer regarding cutting a foundation for a door.
  3. Site Plan (see sample Site Plan diagram) showing where on the property walkout is located, with the width and length dimensions shown. Also show the roof structure over the walkout with its dimensions, if any. Show on the sketch of the house where the garage is located, and show the driveway.
  4. Floor layout of room(s) affected by the walkout (see Typical Addition Floor Plan).

Submit signed application and plans to the Building Department by email at  If your plans are too large to email, please provide a shareable link to where we can download your plans from such as Dropbox, Google Drive or other online service.

Plan review will take approximately 7-10 working days, after which we may call with corrections that will need to be made to your plans. After the plans have been approved, we will email an invoice with permit fees. 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.

Walkouts typically require the following inspections:

  • Footing inspection (steel and forms in place prior to pour)
  • Foundation inspection (steel in place prior to pour)
  • Final inspection (including installation of handrail and guardrail)

Call the Building Department at (801)446-5327 at least one business day before you wish to schedule each inspection. You may ask for an hour block of time. An adult must meet the inspector at the property. When the work is completed and all inspections are approved, be sure to keep the plans, permit and inspection reports with your house records.

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