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Layton City building permits Q-and-A

Article Published 03/23/2009

March 23, 2009

LAYTON — With the current economic situation and sluggish housing market, City officials are seeing a significant number of people are choosing to put off that new home purchase and undertake remodeling or other home-improvement projects.

This following information is important for residents in knowing about the City's regulations regarding building permits and when they are required.

What is a building permit? A building permit gives residents legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.

When do you need a permit? The best way to find out if a permit is needed for a project is to contact the Layton City Building and Licensing Services. Providing the City with information regarding specifics of a project before beginning will determine the steps needed to obtain a permit. Even if a permit is not needed, the code official will answer construction questions and may provide valuable information.

Permits are usually required for the following: New buildings (garage or storage sheds), additions, finished basements, decks, covered patios, carport enclosures, fences exceeding 6 feet, pools, re-roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

Why do I need a permit? Your home is an investment. If a project does not comply with state and local codes, the value of that investment could be reduced. Insurance companies may not cover work done without permits and inspections.

Your permit allows the code official to protect the public by reducing potential hazards of unsafe construction.

By following the building code guidelines, a resident's completed project will provide minimum standards of safety to that resident and his or her family. Please contact the Building division at (801) 336-3760 for more information.

Also, visit our Web site for the following helpful information, including downloadable documents (Adobe PDF files) for the following:

• Basement Finish Requirements — Requirements for a basement finish

• Code Review Information — Engineering Design/Codes

• Deck Requirements — Requirements for decks

• Garage Requirements — Requirements for attached and detached garages

• Minimal Footing Requirement — Due to the excessive number of setback violations discovered, the following building division policy shall become effective immediately.

• Residential Site Plan Requirements

• Shed Requirements — Requirements for building a shed