Building Department FAQs

Must building plans be stamped?

For new residential buildings and detached structures over 800 square feet, the structural pages must be wet stamped by a licensed structural engineer.

Plans for residential remodels, basement finishes, decks, and detached structures less than 800 square feet do not generally require an engineer’s stamp.

For new commercial buildings and tenant finishes, all pages of the plans must be wet stamped by a licensed architect. Additionally, for new commercial buildings, the structural pages and calculations must be wet stamped by a licensed structural engineer, electrical pages by a licensed electrical engineer and the mechanical pages by a licensed mechanical engineer.

How many sets of plans must be stamped?

Please click the link in the column to the right for the type of construction you will be doing to see how many sets of plans are needed. Generally the answer is two (2) complete sets – one for our files and one to be stamped and sent with the applicant for the job site.

What contractors are required to get a permit?

Generally only the licensed general contractor is required to pull a building permit. The other subcontractors that we regulate will be listed on the building permit application form (electrical, plumbing, mechanical). Note: If people contract to work on your house, you should make sure they are licensed. You can check on the State’s website www.dopl.utah.gov.

Do I have to hire a licensed contractor and subcontractor?

Almost all contractors who do work that must be permitted must be licensed with the State of Utah. The State requires that we confirm that the General Contractor/Builder, Electrical Contractor, Plumbing Contractor and the Mechanical Contractor are licensed. If you hire a General Contractor or Construction Company to build your home, it is their responsibility to provide verification of these licenses to the City.

If you are the owner and builder you are not required to have a license and you may do all the work yourself. Please contact the City for further information on owner/builder state regulations and requirements (see Owner/Builder Requirements).

What signatures are needed on permit applications, and who should take out the permit?

Either the applicant, or a ‘designated representative’ who is sent by the applicant (see Permit Application Form).

If I construct an addition or remodel, will I need to bring my existing building into compliance with current building codes?

Generally “no” – as long as the existing construction is in compliance with the codes that were in effect at the time your building was built. This is almost never a problem unless a real life safety threat is apparent (like dilapidated equipment or missing guardrails).

Is a building permit required to re-roof your home? Either re-shingle; re-tar or tar & gravel?

Yes, with some exceptions. All commercial re-roofs require a building permit. Any roof conversion (raising the pitch of the roof) or roof alteration requires a building permit. On residential structures, a permit is required under the following conditions:

a. where the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or deteriorated

b. where the existing roof is wood shake, slate, clay, cement or asbestos-cement tile

c. where the existing roof has two or more applications (layers) of any type of covering

Is a building permit required to do a roof conversion?

Yes, a permit is required. A truss diagram, truss detail, and layout of the house showing bearing wall(s) are also required.

Are weekend inspections available?

No, inspections are done Monday through Friday only, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Do I need a permit to demolish a structure?

Yes. For more information, please see Demolitions.

What is the penalty for building without a permit?

Penalties for not obtaining a building permit are as follows:

a. The cost of the required building permit will double as a penalty.

b. You could incur daily penalties until the structure is brought into compliance.

c. You may have to demolish the construction if it is found that the work or structure is in violation of existing city ordinances.

d. If the work is done by a licensed contractor, penalties and fines will be imposed by the State of Utah.

e. Insurance companies may refuse to cover problems resulting from work done without a permit (i.e. if a fire results from faulty wiring in a basement finish without a permit, they may not cover the damage).

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