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Is a Building Permit required?
        Yes. Before any work is started you must acquire a building permit. Property OwnersPlease be cautious of fraudulent contractors.  If you hire a contractor, please check if they have a current ND Contractor's license and liability insurance.  To verify if they have a current ND license, please check the North Dakota Secretary of State's contractor inquiry which can be found here.

When do I need a permit?
         Permits are required for any new construction, addition, remodeling project or structural alteration as well as mechanical and plumbing projects.  We do not require permits for finish work such as new cabinets, painting, replacing or covering shingles, patios made of brick or paving stones, or concrete slabs.  You DO need a permit for sheetrock, siding, replacing windows or a deck.  If you are not sure you need a permit, please contact us at (701) 577-8115.

Why should I get a permit?
         To ensure your garage/home is constructed properly to safeguard your property; to protect yourself; to establish a record of construction or remodeling history on your property; and, to provide some protection from claims by subsequent property owners.

What is needed to get a permit?
          The address and legal description of the property; the intended use of the property (if uses other than residential are anticipated); the estimated cost of construction of the project; and, a site plan showing the size and location of all existing building on your property along with the proposed project.  Also, basic construction drawings are helpful.  For new homes, you will need to submit two sets of drawings, a complete set of truss drawings, and a completed application. 

How long does it take to get a permit?
         Generally less than one hour, depending upon the information provided and the complexity of the project.  For new homes and garages, please allow a minimum of 3 weeks. **With the increase in building activity our office is seeing, permits for new construction or additions are now taking 4-6 weeks for the approval process.  Please allow sufficient time for the approval process before starting your construction project.  Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Are inspections required? 
         Yes.  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for inspections.  This would include foundation, framing, energy efficiency, plumbing, heating, electrical and a final inspection.  Inspections are part of the permit process.  Building inspections consist of examining and evaluating construction to determine if the work is compatible with the accepted standard of construction.  There is no additional charge for inspections.  A 24 hour period is required for inspection appointments.  Inspections will be done on a A.M./P.M. basis.  If you schedule an A.M. inspection, the inspector will be there sometime in the morning.  If you want an exact time, you must indicate that with your request and be on site during the inspection.

How long is my permit good for?
          A building permit is good for one (1) year.  If the project is not completed within the year time frame, call our office to let us know you are not finished.  If we do not receive a call, you will be sent a notice and required to obtain a new permit.

I'm building a shed.  What are the City's requirements?
          If your shed will be larger than 120 square feet (10'x12'), then you will need a permit.  Anything over the 120 square foot size will need to be at least three (3) feet from the side and rear property lines and be six (6) feet away from the house.  It cannot be placed in the front line of your home.

I want to put a fence around my yard.  What restrictions are in place?
           Please review the fence guidelines. 

What building code does the City of Williston follow?
           As of January 1, 2017, the City of Williston will follow the North Dakota State Building Code which consists of:
                                    2015 International Building Code
                                    2015 International Residential Code
                                    2015 International Mechanical Code
                                    2015 International Fuel and Gas Code
                                    2015 International Energy Efficiency Code
                                    2015 International Residential
                                    2009 Uniform Plumbing Code

                                    Laws, Rules, and Wiring Standards of North Dakota which consists of 2014 NEC

*Copy of the amended code portions can be found here .  

What are the City of Williston's load requirements?

  • 30 lb Ground Snow Load
  • 115 mph (ultimate design wind speed)
  • Exposure C
  • Seismic - 0
  • Frost Depth - 48 inches








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