The zoning official is responsible for the review and issuance of all zoning permits as well as inspecting work done under the zoning permit, but not limited to, land development, subdivision, setbacks, lot size, as well as enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance.
A zoning permit shall be required prior to the erection, addition or alteration of any building, structure or development or portion thereof; prior to the use or change in use of a building, structure, development or land; and prior to the change or extension of a nonconforming use.
Summary of the permit process:
- Visit or contact the Zoning Official, provide detailed information as to intent, what you are doing, where it is going to be located etc.
- Submit permit application, the application requires information about the construction project, what, when and how the work will be done, who is performing the work. Sketches, drawings, plans (2 sets) and other documentation will need to be submitted.
- Waiting during the review. The majority of permit applications are processed with little delay, the Zoning official will determine if the project is in compliance with the zoning ordinance and other municipal or state ordinances and statutes.
- If compliance with the zoning ordinance the zoning official will approve and permit will be issued by the Building Code Administrator.
- The permit is the document granting legal permission for you or your contractor to start construction. Inspections required will be on the permit, you will be required to post the permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site, keep a copy of the approval plans at the site. Changes will require a review and approval.
- Arrange inspection visits as required, 24 hours advance noticed is required for all inspections.
- When the project is complete and compliant a certificate of occupancy may be required to occupy or use the structure/facility.