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Commercial Building Permit

Permits for new commercial construction require building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits. The building permit must be obtained before trade permit can be issued. Other requirements may need to be met before a building permit can be issued depending upon the property location, zoning, or based on design guidelines for the area.

Permits also are required for construction that changes, moves or repairs walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, electrical, mechanical or plumbing.

Permits are not required for “cosmetic” remodels (floor or wall covering, cabinets, counter tops, shelving, etc.) or plumbing fixture replacement.

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What is needed

For those who wish to use the paper review process instead of electronic review, bring the following: A completed building permit application (English or Spanish version), two complete sets of plans (including site plans), one 11-by-17 inch copy of the floor plan, 10 full-size site plans, one utility site plan, one 11-by-17 inch site plan, two full-size certified copies of the property’s legally recorded plat, two copies of energy code compliance documents, and one zoning use verification form.

Other commercial permits

Online Permitting


What permits can I apply for online?

Download a guide to submitting documents for electronic review.

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Watch the online training video to learn more.

Permit Fee Schedules


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