Why do I need a building permit?

The City of West Fargo’s building code requires building permits to be obtained before doing certain types of construction for all existing structures and all new residential and commercial construction and remodeling. Building permits allow the city to review all construction projects and ensure that meet the minimum requirements of the West Fargo building code and zoning requirements. A building permit also establishes a record of the construction and remodeling history of your property. Once the permits have been issued the building department will conduct onsite inspections to help ensure compliance the building code.

The building permit application is available on the buildings website.

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1. How do I request City water or sewer services to be installed at my property?
2. What should I do if I have a drainage problem in my backyard?
3. Where is the City Engineer located?
4. What is a Renaissance Zone?
5. What is an appraisal and why does the City of West Fargo do it?
6. When do I need a building permit?
7. Why do I need a building permit?
8. How do I apply for a building permit?
9. Are permits required for swimming pools?
10. How do I find out how big of a shed/garage I can build on my property?
11. Do I need a permit to install, replace or make addition to HVAC equipment?
12. Am I able to install my own HVAC equipment?
13. How can I find out if I am located in the flood plain?
14. Are there informational guidelines available for various types of construction/remodeling projects?
15. Who inspects the work?
16. What information should I provide when applying for a permit?
17. Can I supply my own drawings for a building permit?
18. How long does it take to get a building permit?
19. Is there a charge for a building permit?
20. How can I get more information?