Commercial Permits & Inspections

The Building Safety division of the Planning Department handles most of the building permit process. Outlined below are the steps necessary for the construction of a typical apartment, commercial, or public building.

Procedures for permitting and inspecting a commercial structure:

  • The permit process begins with submission of two sets of plans, specifications, and computations to the City
  • The planning assistant places the information sheet on the plans
  • The address verification specialist establishes the legal address
  • The cashier collects plan check fees, flood plain ordinance fees
  • The document locator distributes plans to:
    • Zoning Review: approves or rejects plans for compliance with Zoning Code and Zoning Auxiliary Ordinances, Refuse Ordinance, and establishes park dedication fee
    • International Building Code Review: approves or rejects plans for compliance with building code, fire protection, structural, seismic, accessibility, and auxiliary codes
    • Plumbing, Mechanical, & Electrical Review: approves or rejects plans for compliance with plumbing, mechanical, electrical, energy conservation, boiler, and elevator codes
    • Transportation Development Review: approves or rejects plans for traffic safety curb cuts, parking lot access, clear sight corners, etc.
    • Environmental Health Review: approves or rejects plans for compliance with Food Protection, Swimming Pool & Air Pollution Ordinances, etc.
    • Hydrology-determines if drainage plan/report (separate submittal) has been approved or rejected
    • Fire Marshall Review: approves or rejects plans for compliance with International Fire Code, fire hydrant requirements, and auxiliary fire codes
    • Solid Waste-determines if requirements for solid waste receptacles are met
  • The document locator phones the designer to notify that the City Plan Check Process has been completed
  • The designer reviews plans for comments by seven (7) step technical plan reviewers, corrects plans, and presents plans to each city agency for approval sign-off
  • The document locator verifies and coordinates with the designer that all approvals are secured
  • The designer notifies the contractor that the plans have been approved and the building permit is ready to be issued
  • The contractor comes to Plaza Del Sol Permit Center, located at 600 Second Street NW, and requests permit issuance from the permit specialist
  • The planning assistant completes the building permit form, writes an inspection report card, issues one set of plans to contractor, and verifies the contractor's state license
  • The planning assistant directs the contractor to the cashier for collection of the building permit fee
  • The cashier collects the building permit fee (the park dedication fee, if applicable), verifies contractor's City Occupation Tax payment, and issues the building permit
  • The contractor begins construction and calls for necessary interim inspections during construction progression (foundation, framing, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, insulation, structural, fire protection, etc.)
  • The inspectors (building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical) ensure that the building is constructed in accordance with approved plans during construction progression and issues final approvals
  • Zoning, Solid Waste, Environmental Health, Hydrology, and Fire Marshal inspect and approve the final construction
  • The applicant requests a certificate of occupancy after all the green tags have been secured
  • The planning assistant coordinates approvals with all City agencies and prepares a certificate of occupancy
  • A certificate of occupancy is issued, verifying compliance with City codes and ordinances
  • The building tenants take occupancy of the completed building
  • Forms pertaining to permitting and inspection of Commercial Buildings

The Plan Review Section of the Building Safety Division is located on the ground floor of the Plaza Del Sol building at 600 Second Street NW. The office is open during regular business hours Monday through Friday.  For more information, please call 505-924-3320.