Permit Application Process

Follow these steps for a typical building permit application.

Pre-application meeting

1. Design your project 

  • Review applicable zoning and building codes to make sure your project complies 

  • Work with an architect or engineer if necessary 

Application form

2. Compile the documents needed for your application

  • Review information about different permit types to identify the type of permit you need  

  • Review the residential or commercial checklist to make sure you have all the required materials (such as a site plan and building plans) 

Submit application

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


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



7. Inspections

Permit closed

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.