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Building Permit for Cabin

Most areas will require you to pay for a building permit before you can begin construction on your cabin.  The following is the building permit application we were required to fill out for our cabin at Bear Lake.  At first it seems like a lot of information to gather but in reality it's not that bad.  Getting a quality set of plans will go a long ways in getting you through the process of applying for and obtaining a building permit for your cabin or vacation home.



1.    ALL PROPERTIES must be surveyed or existing survey markers must be flagged, and a copy of the SURVEY NARRATIVE FROM THE SURVEYOR.

2.    ZONING CLEARANCE LETTER from the City or County Planning and Zoning Committee, or Home Owners Association, or Conditional Use Permit.

3.    LEGAL DESCRIPTION of the property with Property Serial numbers from your Tax Notice (Available at the County Treasurers Office).

4.    A copy of the receipt of payment to the SEWER DISTRICT for sewer hookup or PERMIT FROM THE BEAR RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR A SEPTIC TANK.

5.    CERTIFICATION OF CULINARY WATER from State Engineer Office UNLESS CITY WATER IS AVAILABLE. If city water is available a copy of the receipt of payment for the hookup is required.

6.     A SIGNED COPY OF THE BID showing the price of this project including all materials and labor (to be used to establish a value for this project together with the Square Footage of the project).

7.     PLOT PLAN drawn to scale and upon substantial paper indicating North arrow, distance to all property lines of all existing and proposed structures, and the street which the property fronts upon or both streets if on corner lot.

8.     TWO COMPLETE SETS OF PLANS (STAMPED BY LICENSED ARCHITECT/ENGINEER WHEN REQUIRED) AND SPECIFICATIONS (One set will be returned to you to stay on the job until the structure is completed)

They should include the following items:

A. Floor plan with dimensions of all levels, garages, decks, porches. Plumbing plan, electrical plan, heating and air conditioning plan, etc.

B. Indicate the square footage in all areas: garage, main floor, upper floors, basement, decks, porches, etc.

C. Elevations of all four sides, which indicate all doors, windows, roof, roof pitch, roof coverings, exterior wall coverings, etc.

D. Details of footings, foundation, walls trusses or rafters and roof section, floor joists, all aggress items (bedroom windows and doors, stairways, fireplaces, beams, cantilevers, etc. (All cross sections)

E. Complete elevation diagrams for building, and landscape.

F. (From the plumber) Plumbing diagram, location of sewer hookup with depth etc. and water hookup location and type of material to be used on each part of the plumbing.

G. (From the electrician) Electrical diagram: location of service, service load calculations, location of all electrical outlets, lights, switches, smoke detectors, furnace, air conditioning, water heater, size of breakers and panel location.

H. MEC check Compliance Report.  Buildings with daylight basements, more than 3of elevation change at footings, unusual geometry, vaulted, TJI ceilings, or excessively large structures shall require professional engineers stamp on plans when required by the building official.

9. Contractors name, address, phone numbers, Utah license number and a COMPLETE LIST of subcontractors with business name, contact person, Utah license number, address and phone numbers of those that will be working on the job.

10. A completed Application for a permit for the TOWN OF GARDEN CITY or RICH COUNTY.

NOTE: The purpose of the plans and specifications is to verify that the structure will meet the adopted codes. With complete plans submitted, code violations should be found during the plan review, rather than finding them after they occur on the job; this saves considerable time, money and frustration of both the builder and the inspector.