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STEP 1 - ZONING APPROVAL
Zoning approval is necessary for all structures. A Building Permit can not
be issued until the zoning is cleared. Please be sure your zoning is approved
before you make plans to begin building. If you are planning to buy a
manufactured or modular home, it is wise to clear your zoning before you order
For information on zoning within the city limits, read section 1-A. For
information on zoning outside of city limits, read section 1-B.
1-A Building within City Limits
If you are building
within city limits, contact the city office for information concerning zoning
requirements. They will give you a form or letter signed by their
zoning representative stating that you meet zoning requirements. You will
need to submit this document to the building inspection office along with your
building permit application.
1-B Building Outside of City Limits
If you are building outside of city limits in the unincorporated area of
Emery County you will need to submit the following information to the Building /
Trust deed or County
plat showing ownership of 10 or more acres. A county plat can be
obtained from the County Recorders office (435) 381-2414. Storage or
agricultural structures do not need 10 acres, but you must have proof of land
ownership before a building permit can be issued.
A letter of intent from the appropriate water district showing that they
will supply a culinary water hook-up to the residence. Check with the city
office nearest your building site for information on who to contact regarding
a water connection.
Road Encroachment Permit from
UDOT or Emery County Road Department. Check with the road department
(435) 381-5450 or Utah State Department of Transportation to see if you will
need a permit.
Approval of sewage disposal system from the State Health Department. You
will need to do a percolation test (instructions are included in this packet),
then contact Dr. Claron Bjork at the Southeastern Utah District Health Office
in Price (435) 637-3671 for information regarding the design of the system..
Plot Plan showing your lot drawn to dimension, size of structure
(dwellings must be at least 800 square feet), location of structure on
property, other structures, easements, drainage patterns as applicable and a
north arrow. Use a separate
sheet of paper and attach it to the application. Setback requirements are as
Front Yard Setback - 55 feet from the center of any public road
or 30 feet from the right of way line, whichever is the greater distance,
except that all buildings situated adjacent to State or Federally designated
highways, except non access highways, shall be set back at least 50 feet
from the right of way line.
Side Yard Setback - 10 feet from a side lot line, except that no
side setback shall be required for accessory buildings, barns, coops, and
sheds which are located over one 100 feet from the nearest dwelling. On
corner lots, the required setback from the side property line which abuts on
the street shall be the same as the front setback. Feed lots for over 100
animals must be at least 1/4 mile from the nearest dwelling or municipal
boundary or federal highway.
Rear Yard Setback- at least 10 feet, except that no rear setback
shall be required for accessory buildings, barns, coops, and sheds, which
are located over 100 feet from the nearest dwelling.
STEP 2 - APPLYING FOR A BUILDING PERMIT
Once your zoning has been approved you can move on to the building permit
process. Please fill the building permit form out as completely as possible.
For information on manufactured or modular homes, read section 2-A. For
information on “stick built” homes, read section 2-B.
2-A Manufactured or Modular Homes
If you are installing a Manufactured or Modular Home submit the following
documents with your application. Please give this information to your
Manufactured or Modular Home Dealer so they can help you get the correct
documents from the manufacturer:
Model Specific Footing and Foundation Plan - Footing plans must include sufficient
detail so that a competent contractor could build the footing without any
other outside instruction. The plans must show all applicable measurements
and leave no question of where the measurements start, i.e. outside of wall or
inside of wall, etc. Specifications for footing construction and installation
that are taken from the installation manual must be photocopied and
highlighted so there is no question about which page, chart or table the
information came from and which part of the chart or table is applicable.
Generic information is only acceptable if the required model specific
information such as exact length and width, etc. is indicated.
Additional drawings showing the following specifications
X-Y coordinates of: Sewer drop location, Culinary water hook up location,
Electrical conduit into the house to feed the inside electrical panel, and
Crawl space access entry way (Preferable near the majority of the utilities)
All pier and tie down locations, spacing and specifications including
locations and specifications of marriage line piers. This drawing must
identify and show how these piers will be supported on the footing plan. If
there are any unusual specifications, they must be noted. For example, if a
marriage line pier is to have a 11,000 pound rating instead of the usual 6,000
pound rated piers that most installers use, there must be information on
whether one pier would suffice or if double piers can be used. If double
piers can be used, a drawing out of the installation manual must be included
and additional bearing provisions must be located on the footing plans.
Location of electric meter/main disconnect and information about who will
supply and install these items.
Location of natural gas meter (when applicable).
Installation Manual must also be available when the home is delivered to
the building site.
Plans for accessory buildings, carports, garages, awnings, etc
If you have special lot contour problems they must be addressed before
your permit can be issued.
Documents that are unreadable because of FAXing or bad original photo copy
can not be accepted. If we can’t read them they are of no use to us.
For Used Manufactured Zoning
allows for June 18, 1976 or newer manufactured homes. Please see page 2 of the
handout titled Construction Code Requirements.
Often used Manufactured do not have a floor plan, footing and
foundation plan or Installation Manual. If this is the case you will need to
set up an appointment with the building inspector to discuss your plans for
setting up the home. Please read the Construction Code Requirements handout.
It contains information about how to design your footings, where to place piers
and how to hook up the electricity.
2-B “Stick Built” Homes, Garages, Additions Large Sheds or
Submit the following information:
complete set of Blueprints and Specifications Plans must have footing and foundation or
basement plan, floor plan, electrical plan, elevations and wall cross-sections
and details as needed.
When the Building Official determines that your plans meet all building
regulations a permit will be issued. The entire process can take anywhere from
24 hours to a couple of weeks (sometimes more if there are complicated plans that need to
STEP 3 - INSPECTIONS
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Minimum of 24 (business) hours notice is required for all
Occasionally the building inspector can schedule an inspection the
same day it is called for; however, this is not always the case.
After the inspection is completed, if work is not marked “Approved”
on the inspection form, make the corrections noted in the remarks
section of the form and call for another inspection before
is fairly common for builders to order cement and then call for an
inspection. We DO NOT recommend
this practice. Often the building inspector is booked
and can not make an inspection before the cement is due to arrive.
If this happens the builder will be expected to cancel his order for
cement. Pouring cement without an inspection will not be allowed.
We recommend waiting until the inspection has been completed and
approved before ordering cement.
Calculation of the Building Permit Fee is based on the valuation of
the project which is determined on a cost per square foot basis,
according to ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials)
1997 UBC fee schedule recommendations. There is
a $ 47.00
for building permits.
building inspector is happy to answer questions whenever needed, but
he is not responsible for teaching the builder basic construction
procedures, and cannot design structures for builders.
Building Permits are required for most structures. Those structures
that are specifically excluded by International Building &
Residential Codes are:
R1O5.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not he required for the
following. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be
deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in
violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of
One-story detached accessory structures used
as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor
area does not exceed 120 square feet (II m2).
Fences not over 6 feet (1829mm) high
counters and partitions not over 5'-9" high
Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet
(1219mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the
wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or lIlA
Water tanks supported directly on grade if
the capacity does not exceed 5.000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of
height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:I.
driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not
over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting,
cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall
that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and
do not require additional support of Group R-3 and U occupancies.
swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24
inches (610mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18925 L) and are installed
entirely above ground.
Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying
Replacement of any minor part that does not
alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping
system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant
or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping
system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including
Swings and other
playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9
inches (1753 mm) in height.
maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the
connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently
television transmitting stations: The provisions of this code shall not
apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions,
but do apply to equipment and wiring for a power supply and the
installations of towers and antennas.
systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any
temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical
equipment or apparatus.
Portable heating appliance.
Portable ventilation equipment.
Portable cooling unit.
Steam, hot or
chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by
The stopping of
leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided, however, that if
any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes
defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new
material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be
obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
The clearing of
stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the
removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not
involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or
Emergency repairs. Where equipment replacements and repairs must be
performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be
submitted within the next working business day to the building official.
Expiration of Building
R105.5 Expiration. Every
permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by
such permit is commenced within 180 days after it’s issuance, or if
the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a
period of 180 days after the time the work commenced. The building
official is authorized to grant, in writing, one ore more extensions
of time, for periods not more that 180 days each. The extension
shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.