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Q&A: Layton City building permits

Article Published 03/25/2015
The following information is important for residents in knowing about Layton City's regulations regarding building permits and when they are required.

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

Q: When do you need a permit?
A: 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, solar panels, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Any storage shed larger than 200 square feet needs a permit (but all sheds must meet the required setbacks). A permit is also required for any sprinkling systems that connects to the culinary water system.

Q: I want to install an alarm in my house. Do I need a permit?
A: A permit is required for any type of house alarm. Permits for house alarms are obtained through the Police Department.

Q: Why do I need a permit?
A: A 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. A 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.

Q: Where is more information available?
A: Layton residents can access an on-line building permit application and find more details for such subjects as: Basement finish requirements, additions, decks, detached and attached garages/sheds and residential solar panel requirements.

-For additional information, go to: http://www.laytoncity.org/public/Depts/ComDev/BuildingDivision/default.aspx -Or, contact the Building and Licensing Services at 801-336-3760.