The 2015 International Residential Code Section R105.1 states, “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.”
What are the current building codes?
Utah State and Provo City have adopted the following building codes as of July 1, 2016:
International Building Code 2015 Edition
International Mechanical Code 2015 Edition
International Plumbing Code 2015 Edition
National Electric Code 2014 Edition
International Fuel Gas Code 2015 Edition
International Residential Code 2015 Edition
International Fire Code 2015 Edition
International Energy Conservation Code 2015 Edition
Accessibility ICC/ANSI A117.1 - 2009
What is the cost of a Building Permit?
The permit cost is based on the cost (valuation) of the construction. We use a table found in the 1997 UBC to assess the permit fees. The permit cost is mainly used to cover the cost of the inspections.
A plan check fee of 65% of the building permit fee is charged to cover the cost of reviewing a plan before the permit is issued. The plans are checked for problems drawn on the plan that must be corrected or missing information that must be added.
A state fee of 1% of the building permit fee is charged and sent to the state for training of inspectors and contractors.
Other city departments assess fees based on various factors of each project.
Who can prepare building plans?
All commercial projects greater than 3,000 square feet in size, Per Title 58, Chapter 3a, Utah Code Annotated 1953, are required to be drawn by a Utah State Licensed Architect.
A single family home or garage can be drawn by anyone as long as they are to ¼” scale, legible, all rooms clearly labeled as to their use, and meet all the requirements of the Residential Plan Review Checklist. Generally, a larger single family home will require structural engineering calculations and connection details by a Utah Licensed Engineer.
Poorly drawn plans will not be accepted and will have to be redone by a draftsman or other qualified professional.
What information is required on the building plans?
The Building in Provo page will help you determine what is required based on the type of project.
Does Provo City do Fast Track and/or Deferred Submittal permits?
Provo City does not encourage fast track construction. Special cases will be reviewed and may be approved to facilitate construction. The construction documents submitted must include all areas proposed for fast track construction.
Are there any areas of Provo that have specific concerns for builders or developers?
Yes. There are soil problems in specific areas of the city. So far we have not identified many "unbuildable" areas. Some cost more to develop. The north east area is currently being evaluated for small landslides. Provo City Engineering and the State Geological Service are identifying those locations and the standard building plans will have to meet the requirements of the geotechnical reports. All along the mountains there are faults that have to be identified and built around. West of the Freeway there are several high water areas. As we get too close to the lake there are "Wet Lands" that have been identified by the Federal government, those areas are unbuildable.