Building Permits


Building permits are required for any construction or modification to existing structures as described below. General contractors, or homeowners doing their own work, must obtain permits before beginning work. Deposits are required prior to review and payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Contact Mindi or Cathy at 801-292-4486 or [email protected] with any questions.


Permits ARE required for the following:

  • New construction, additions, and remodels
  • Basement finishes
  • Sheds and accessory structures over 200 square feet 
  • Pools
  • Solar Array
  • Signs
  • Decks, porches, and covered patios
  • Front yard fences, and retaining walls over 4 ft.
  • Electrical/Mechanical
  • Demolition

Permits ARE NOT required for the following:

  • Sheds under 200 square feet
  • Water heater replacement
  • HVAC replacement
  • Painting, Wallpapering, Flooring
  • Cabinet installation
  • Minor repairs
  • Window replacements that do not require structural alterations
  • Roof shingles overlay.

Contact us at 801-292-4486 or [email protected] if you have questions about something not listed.

Building Design Criteria

  • Frost Depth = 30 inches
  • Snow Load = 30 pounds
  • Wind = 115 mph
  • Seismic = D-2 or E depending on site
  • Fluoride = 0.7 parts per million
  • Hard Water = 12.1 grains

Application Process:

  • Building Permit Application - complete and sign left side of application.
  • Provide notarized Owner/Builder Certification form, if not general contractor.
  • Provide Two (2) copies of items listed below. (For new home or new commercial buildings provide 3 copies of site plan and building plans.)
  • Site Plan (11" x 17"):
    • Show site address, North arrow and legend.
    • Label easements, adjacent streets, parking, and existing and proposed structures with dimensions.
    • Clearly mark all setbacks from property lines - front, rear, side(s), and distance between main structure and accessory structures.
    • Indicate main floor elevation and top back of curb (TBC) elevation (or sidewalk) for comparison. Main floor is required to be 12 inches above the high point top back of curb elevation.
    • Indicate direction of surface drainage on final grade with arrows, slopes or contours indicating sheet flow away from structure to street and/or rear lot drainage easement (provide a grading plan showing the relative elevation of the curb and gutter to all finish floors and finished grade).
    • Indicate finished ground elevation in a few spots adjacent to the exterior perimeter of the structure (for comparison to TBC elevation and main floor elevation).
    • For new homes, add Notes: 1) All design elevations should be field verified prior to construction (curb, sewer, natural ground, etc.), 2) All new sidewalk and driveway approach will be minimum 6-inch thick concrete over 6-inch base coarse; 3) Driveway width is limited to a maximum of 36 feet.
  • Building Plans/Drawings per 2015 IRC (11" x 17")
    • Wet stamped/signed by licensed engineer.
    • Clearly mark height of structure to peak of roof.
    • List total square footage for each building level of finished, unfinished, garage, and covered porch/patio space.
  • Structural Calculations for any structural work.
  • Energy Analysis if additional space is added or changes affecting the structure's heating and cooling system performance (new windows, doors, insulation, etc.) are to be made. (ResCheck, Manuals D and J)
  • Gas Schematic including system type, size, length, and total BTU input.
  • Completed Residential Storm Water Permit for construction activity. (
  • For Solar, include stamped engineer letter certifying inspection of roof loading detail, solar array system designed by a Utah licensed engineer showing the type of PV system being installed. Prior South Davis Metro Fire Marshal approval is required ([email protected])
  • For building permit applications on vacant property or property without a dwelling structure, installation of public improvements may be a condition of building permit approval.
  • Pay appropriate deposit. (New home/commercial construction = $1000, Accessory structure, Solar, Commercial Tenant Improvements = $100, Signs = $75)
  • Once the above criteria are met, the City will begin review of the application.

Building Permit Reviews

  1. The zoning official reviews submission for conformance with zoning regulations.
  2. The city engineer reviews plans for conformance with drainage and engineering regulations.
  3. The building official reviews submission for Building Code conformance.
  4. These reviews may require changes/corrections requiring plans to be resubmitted by the applicant.
  5. Once zoning, engineering, and building officials have approved the plans, fees are calculated based on the City's Fee Schedule. A refundable public improvement/construction bond of $2400 will be collected for construction of any new structure which requires heavy equipment to pass over curb or gutter or sidewalk.
  6. Plans will be issued once the balance owing is paid, and one set of plans will be given to the applicant. At this time construction may begin and inspections may be scheduled.

Building Inspections



All work is subject to inspection. West Bountiful City contracts with Sunrise Engineering for building code plan review and building inspections.  It is the owner or contractor’s responsibility to schedule inspections. Call 800-560-6151 at least 24 hours in advance and provide the building permit number, site address, and type of inspection needed.

A building permit is null and void if work does not begin within 180 days of the permit issue date; work is suspended, abandoned or ceases for 180 days any time after work commences; or it has been 180 days since the last inspection.