Basement Finishes

If you are planning to remodel or finish all or part of your basement, you are required to submit for and obtain a building permit and inspections.

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

Requirements for submitting a permit application for an addition or remodel

  1. Permit Application Form
  2. Construction Plans (see Sample Remodel Diagrams)
    1. Be sure to label the use of each room
    2. Hash mark through areas not being finished
    3. Show all electrical outlets, lights switches, smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
    4. Show dimensions of each window, each room and of entire area
    5. Show window well dimensions for all bedrooms (see Emergency Escape diagram for egress requirements)
  3. If there is any kind of kitchen, kitchenette, or wet bar in the basement, please be aware of the restrictions in Herriman City’s Ordinances regarding second kitchens in a single-family dwelling (see ordinance). It is illegal in most areas of the city to have a second dwelling (apartment) in a basement. If you have any questions, please contact the City Planning & Zoning Department at 801-446-5323 or

Permit fees are based on the square footage being finished, but are not charged until all plan reviews are completed and approved (see Fee Calculation Form). Permit fees pay for reviews in the office as well as inspections which will need to be done at the property.

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.

Basement finishes/remodels typically require three inspections, but may require others as needed (see Required Inspections). You must pass a final inspection when all work is completed. 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 when there will be an adult to 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.

Contact Us


7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday

Please call before 4:00 for inspection requests




Cathryn Nelson • Building Official
Phone: 801-446-5327 | Email

Cathryn Nelson

Lon Christensen • Assistant Building Official/Inspector
Phone: 801-446-5327 | Email

Lon Christensen