Applying for Building Permits
Once it has been determined you need to apply for a building permit the following is information you will need to complete the application.
A Building Permit Application form along with two sets of certified land surveys or site plans showing all easements, locations of structure and elevation in relation to street grade, and two sets of building plans and specifications is required for a building permit. Please also submit one (1) electronic PDF file for new residential & commercial construction. We will return one of the sets of site plans and survey to you at the time the building permit is issued, while the other set stays on file at our offices.
The following information is needed to complete the application form itself:
Setbacks: Every zoning district has minimum setback requirements. Because setbacks vary dependent upon your address, you should call the City offices to find out what the setbacks for your lot will be. Phone numbers are listed on this brochure.
Lot Size & Building Size: The lot size and building are to be placed on the site plan or survey along with the locations on a scaled plot plan or certificate of survey.
Elevations: For new construction lot elevations may need to be shown on your survey or site plan. If your lot is within 1,000 feet of the lakeshore, the elevations must be shown on a certificate of survey. On all new home construction, the garage floor must be at an elevation of no less than one foot above the grade of the crown of the street.
Building Plans: Two sets of completed plans and working drawings of all proposed construction and one (1) electronic PDF file for new residential & commercial construction to include:
-Front, rear and side elevations (for all new construction) and within 1000 feet of the shoreland
-Basement floor plan and first floor plan
-Cross Section (Sectional plan)
- typical wall detail: footing to roof, list building materials and dimensions
-Heat loss calculation: a standard worksheet of the exterior building envelope
Site Plan or Certificate of Survey: To include:
-Setback distances from property lines, side yards, rear yard, and if on the lakeshore, the setback from the Natural Ordinary High Water Level (a registered land surveyor must certify the NOHWL)
-Easements for drainage and utilities
-Proposed location of dwelling, driveway and all existing buildings or any other lot characteristics