Follow these steps for a typical building permit application.
1. Design your project
Review applicable zoning and building codes to make sure your project complies
Work with an architect or engineer if necessary
3. Submit your application online
- Fill out the Online Building Permit Application. You will be prompted to upload required documents (such as site plan, building plans, etc.), so be sure to review the checklists carefully.
4. Application initialized by PDSD
- Once your project is initialized, an activity number will be emailed to you which you can use to track your application in PRO.
5. Plan Review
Your plans will be reviewed by staff with different technical expertise to determine compliance with building codes, zoning codes, stormwater regulations, fire safety and other aspects based on the scope of your project.
Staff reviewers will provide comments to be addressed, or approval.
6. Approval and Payment
- Staff will provide an invoice documenting the fees owed, at which time you may pay permit fees online
- Once your plans are approved and stamped by staff, you can proceed to construction
- Once your permit is issued by the City, you can schedule any inspections required for your permit type
8. Permit closed
When all inspections have been passed, any special conditions met, and all documents have been received, the permit is closed
A Certificate of Occupancy is issued, if applicable, after the permit is closed. If a CofO is not needed, a Letter of Completion will be issued.
If you need special approvals such as a variance, Neighborhood Preservation Zone review or Design Development Option please see the Planning & Zoning Applications page.
If you need a historic review please visit the Historic Preservation page.
If you are developing a commercial project that includes site changes or expansions, or a residential project with 3 or more units, you probably need a site plan approval as part of a Development Package.