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How to Apply for a Building Permit
Building permit applications are submitted online. Additionally required items can be added as attachments to your application at anytime in the process. Permit submission requirements can be found by visiting the Building Permit Submission page.
City staff may request additional documents depending on the project type. Construction drawing and/or site plan review may take up two weeks for substantial construction projects. If a building project is planned in the floodway, a Floodplain Development Permit is required before the applicant can proceed with a building permit. Typically, additional permits from the State and Federal governments are also required.
Permit fees are based on the square footage of the project or the value of the construction project. Inspections are $75 each. See the Fee Schedule for a list of fees for building permit projects.
Why is a Boundary Pin Survey Required?
A boundary pin survey physically locates the boundaries of your property in the ground. A licensed surveyor measures the proper distances in the field and confirms the corners of your property are verified by a set pin or sets a pin in the ground. This is the only legally binding way of locating your land and no one should attempt to add improvements to their property with anything less. The City has some boundary pin surveys on file from previous building projects, which if available, can be provided to the property owner. A mortgage survey is not a legal survey. Title companies and lending institutions use a mortgage survey to show if there are any encroachments onto your property at the time of the mortgage closing.