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Our Purpose:

The purpose of this department is to regulate buildings and structures in order to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, and energy conservation. Providing safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment of a building or a structure and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Permit Process

  • Reasons For A Permit
  • Design Criterion
  • Steps To A Permit
  • Plan Requirements
  • Required Inspections

There are many reasons why it is necessary to obtain a building permit before beginning a construction project or construction related activity. Some of them are for safety, to eliminate the possibility of citations, and simply because it is the law.

The primary reason for getting a permit is for the safety of the occupants and the people associated with a building or project. Without the necessary building permit and inspections it is possible to have a building improperly placed on the property, to have the wrong materials used in construction, or to have an unsafe condition or situation.

Performing work prior to obtaining a building permit could result in a citation, fines, removal of the building or structure, and even prosecution. If a dispute arises of illegal work preformed on a project the lack of a permit could have a negative impact during the course of legal proceedings and insurance claim reimbursement.

Utah County Government including Utah State Law requires building permits for all buildings, structures, and construction related activities.


  1. International Building Code 2015
  2. International Residential Code 2015
  3. National Electrical Code 2014
  4. International Plumbing Code 2015
  5. International Mechanical Code 2015
  6. International Energy Conservation Code 2015
  7. International Fuel Gas Code 2015
  8. International Existing Building Code 2015
  9. ANSI Standard 117.1A
  10. Utah County Zoning Ordinance
  11. Utah Code Annotated (State Construction Code)

Frost Depth in Inches.........30+

Seismic Zone..................IBC Section 1613

Wind Load in MPH..............IBC Section 1609

Snow Load (Valley Locations up to 4600' Elevation)

Ground in PSF's............43

Snow load (Mountain/Canyon Areas)

Contact our office with a location & elevation

  • Step 1 - Obtain building permit application packet from the Utah County Community Development Office or website.
  • Step 2 - Fill out building permit application and all associated documentation.
  • Step 3 - Submit all required documentation and pay application fee.
  • Step 4 - Wait for plan review process to be completed. You will be notified by the Community Development staff to inform you if the permit has been approved or if corrections are required, usually within 5-10 working days.
  • Step 5 - If required, complete all corrections and resubmit plans & additional documentation.
  • Step 6 - Wait for a re-review process to be completed. You will be notified by the Community Development staff to inform you when the permit has been approved.
  • Step 7 - Pay for building permit and receive permit, instructions and associated materials.
Building Permit Process Flowchart

Inspections vary per project. Depending on the project, any or all of the following may be required:

  • Footings and setback - Placement on property and inspection of forms and reinforcing steel prior to placement of concrete.
  • Foundation - Inspection of forms and reinforcing steel prior to placement of concrete.
  • Underground Plumbing, Electrical and/or Mechanical - Inspection of all underground or under slab work prior to burial of concrete covering.
  • Exterior Shear Wall - Inspection of all structural sheathing prior to installation of weather barrier.
  • Weather Barrier - Inspection of exterior weather barrier, window and door flashing, and other flashing prior to installation of siding, masonry, and roofing products.
  • 4-Way - Inspection of framing, structural members, and all roughed in, electrial, mechanical and plumbing installations. Includes structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspections.
  • Insulation - Inspection of all insulation that will be concealed by interior building finishes.
  • Final - Inspection of completed building or structure prior to use or occupancy.
  • Power - Inspection of electrical service panel prior to utility hookup
  • Propane Tanks - Inspection of propane tank installations prior to burial and usage.
  • Sprinkler Systems - Two parts : Inspection of rough-in sprinkler piping and inspection and testing of completed system.
  • Business License - Inspection of building, structure, or premise prior to commencement of business operations.

Forms & Applications

  • Access Permit Form
  • Building Permit Application
  • Building Permit Submittal Requirements
  • Building Permit Submittal Requirements For Garage, Carport, or Storage Shed
  • Interior Gas Piping Plan Example
  • Owner/Builder Certification Form
  • Plot Plan Example
  • Preliminary Zone Clearance Request
  • Residential Solar Plan Submittal Checklist

FAQ's & Common Violations

Building Permit FAQ's