To ensure the health and safety of the public, the City of South Salt Lake requires that certain construction work can be performed only after a permit is obtained. Plans are reviewed prior to issuance of the permit for compliance with the current building codes. The work is then inspected during construction to confirm adherence to the approved plans and codes. A Certificate of Occupancy or approved final inspection is issued when the work is completed and in substantial compliance with code requirements.
Why get a building permit?
The primary advantage of obtaining a permit is that it offers you the services of a building inspector, who inspects each phase of the construction process, ensuring work is done safely and properly. Inspectors can advise you on your options if you have difficulties.
There are legal and financial liabilities that you can face when you don’t get a permit. Work without a permit is illegal and can pose serious complications for you when you try to sell your house. Any fire and homeowner’s insurance you have may be invalidated if you do work without a permit. If there is a fire in your house, the insurance company may use the illegal work as an excuse not to pay on your claim.
When to get a permit
Call the building department at 483-6005. Discuss your plans with the code official before beginning construction to determine if you need a permit. Even if a permit is not needed, the code official will answer code questions and may provide valuable advice.
There are five standard permits:
- Building Permit
- Plumbing Permit
- Mechanical Permit
- Electrical Permit
All structural and some nonstructural work on your home or business require permits. Permits are relatively simple to obtain. Bring your completed plans to the Building Department, speak with an Inspector and explain what you want to do. When you have completed the proper permit form, submit it with the necessary drawings. Please be aware that, depending on the degree of difficulty, 1st time plan reviews can vary from 1 day to 3 weeks. When in doubt the best way to find out if you need a permit is to call the South Salt Lake City Building Department (801.483.6005).
Permits are required for the following:
Residential work (garages, decks, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, lawn sprinklers, etc)
Renovations (garage conversions, basement finishes, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
Electrical installations (service upgrade, meter change, new branch circuits, etc.)
Plumbing installations (gas, drain-waste-vent piping, water lines and new water softener installations)
HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) installations
Signs (wall, monument, pole and billboard)
The links on the left can guide you to information and forms depending on your project. Please use the commercial development link if you are a professional/commercial developer, or the Residential link if you are a home owner.