Building Permit Applications

How do I obtain a building permit?

To obtain a building permit for a new house or addition to a house several items must be filed and reviewed. When the plans are submitted for a new house, there will be a $100.00 charge to review the building and plot plans. This fee will be deducted from the building permit fee, which must be paid before a building permit is issued. In most cases, the review of the building and site plans can be completed in 3-5 days. Commercial types of construction may take seven to ten days.

Building Permit Application and Documents:

When applying for a building permit, please submit the following:

  1. Plot Plan. This shows the lot boundaries, proposed location of the house, proposed distance from the house to property lines, and location of existing easements, roads, and structures. North arrow must be indicated.
  2. Legal description, such as the lot number and name of subdivision; quarter section, section and township name; or house number and street address if one has already been issued.
  3. Owners and builder’s names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers.
  4. Two sets of building plans. In general, this will include floor plans, a side-wall cross section, size and spacing of structural members and foundation and footing plans. Window size, location, and final grade location shall be noted if no elevation plans are filed.
  5. Engineered plans. These may be necessary for special construction designs. Such plans shall include the engineer's seal and signature and a statement that the plans comply with the International Construction Codes.
  6. All plans for a house or substantial improvement must be submitted with an RES check. The energy approval form through the Dept of Energy is available online at
  7. State electrical license for electrical contractors.