Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need a building permit?
Yes. A building permit is required for any new construction, home addition/remodel, basement finish, accessory structure exceeding 130 square feet, pools, carports, any work on gas, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems (including furnace and AC unit installations); and any other item at the discretion of the Community & Economic Development Office.
Q: What jurisdiction is my property?
For a map of municipal and county jurisdiction, visit https://webportal.daviscountyutah.gov/App/PropertySearch/esri/map
If your property is within a colored shaded area, the jurisdiction for permits is with the colored area’s respective municipality. If your property is not shaded, the jurisdiction is with Davis County and subject to the below building permit application.
Q: What is required for a complete application?
For a list of what is required for a complete application for new single-family dwelling construction, alteration or repair; use the Single-Family Building Permit Requirement Checklist
For a list of what is required for all other permits, use the Non-Single Family Building Permit Application Checklist
Q: What is a site plan?
A site plan is a layout of the property showing the placement of all existing and proposed structures and their setback distance to the property lines.
Q: What is a setback?
The distance between a structures foundation and the property lines. Setbacks are on all four sides of the structure.
Q: What is an Owner-Builder Form?
Typically a permit is signed by and issued directly to the contractor. When a property owner elects to conduct the work themselves in place of a contractor, an Owner-Builder Form is required. This form certifies that the owner will be legally responsible for work completed and will abide by all governing regulations.
Owner-Builder Certification Form
Q: What is a valuation?
The project valuation on permit is the total combined cost of foundation work, structural and nonstructural building components, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and interior finish material, cost of labor, etc. This is required for all permits.
Q: How much does it cost?
Permit fees are based on the project square footage and/or the project valuation provided on the permit application. Davis County uses square foot construction costs from the February 2020 update of building valuation data from the International Code Council. Permits that require no plan check review, construction bond, and just one inspection; are the minimum $202. Examples of this include: furnaces & AC unit installations, power-to-panel repairs/upgrades, new meters, and any other item at the discretion of the Community & Economic Development Office.
Square Foot Construction Costs
Current Fee Schedule