Q Must Plans be Stamped? BACK
following plans do need to
New Commercial Buildings that are over 2000 sq.
Additions that are over 2000 sq. feet
Remodels that are over 2000 sq. feet
construction such as mixing building systems wood/masonry/steel as structural elements
or buildings of unusual shape.
New Residential (Single family dwellings
following plans generally do
not need to be stamped; unless, the construction is not conventional:
Residential Garages or Sheds (unless they meet
criteria for unusual construction)
Q Who may stamp plans? BACK
may be stamped by:
Architectural plans may be stamped by architect
Structural sheets (commercial) must be stamped
Structural Calculations must be stamped by Engineer
Plumbing, mechanical and electrical plans may require a stamp
depending on the complexity.
Q How many sets of plans must be submitted? BACK
complete sets must be submitted: Also, we may require 2 sets of electrical,
mechanical and/or plumbing plans depending on the complexity of the
structural sets (generally w/architectural)
sets of structural calculations
sets of specifications
energy compliance forms
sets of structural calculations
MEC compliance forms, completed
contractors are required to do building, additions, or repairs in Riverdale? BACK
only the licensed general contractor is required to pull a building
permit. The other subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, mechanical)
that we regulate will be on the building permit pulled by the general
contractor. Note: If people contract
to work on your house you should make sure they are licensed.
all contractors must be licensed with the State of Utah. The State of
Utah requires that we confirm that the General Contractor/Builder, Electrical
Contractor, Plumbing Contractor and the Mechanical Contractor are licensed.
If you hire a General Contractor or Construction Company to build your
home, it is their responsibility to assure Riverdale City that the sub-contractors
you are the owner and builder you are not required to have a license,
and you may do all the work yourself. An owner/builder certificate must be signed, notarized, and returned
to the Building and Zoning department prior to the issuance of a building
permit. For your convenience, a copy of the owner/builder certificate can be printed
from the Citys web page. Note: building, additions, or repairs to commercial
buildings must be completed by a licensed general contractor.
Q What is the policy for moved buildings? BACK
a building is moved from a lot/site/town/county to another parcel of
property, the moved building (house) must conform to ALL current codes
as if it was a new building.
is the policy on Manufactured Homes? BACK
permit is required to set a Manufactured home.
signatures are needed on permit applications, and who should take out
the permit? BACK
permit application attached and see * by required signature.
I construct an addition or remodel, will I need to bring my existing
building into compliance with current building codes? BACK
A Generally no as long as the existing construction
is in compliance with the codes that were in effect at the time your building
was built. This is almost never a problem unless a real life safety threat
is apparent (like dilapidated equipment or missing guardrails). However,
smoke detectors MUST be installed if the remodel or repairs are in excess
a building permit required to re-roof your home? Either re-shingle;
re-tar or tar & gravel? BACK
A Yes for
a total tear off. A total tear off is the removal of all material exposing the roof deck.
a building permit required to do a roof conversion? BACK
A Yes, a permit is required.
I shovel the snow off my roof? BACK
all depends on the weight of the snow. The risk of back and limb injuries from falling off a roof out
weigh the necessity of removing the snow. However, for excessive buildup of snow, we
would suggest you call a professional roofer to remove the snow.
weekend inspections available? BACK
A Weekend inspections are only available if authorized
by the Chief Building Official. There must be a real need as this is the
exception to the rule. There is an extra charge for weekend inspections
in addition to the Building Permit Fee. The inspector is paid overtime
for these inspections by Riverdale City. Fees must be paid directly to
the city, never to an inspector.
Q Do I need a permit to demolish a structure? BACK
you demolish a structure you must secure a demolition permit from our
Building Inspection Division and clearance from the Weber County Health
Department. The permit is required by section 106.1 of the Uniform Building
Code. The permit process accomplishes four things:
Insures there is no friable asbestos in the building,
or that friable asbestos has been removed by appropriate means by a
contractor licensed for asbestos removal.
Insures that all utility lines to the building have
been terminated at a safe location by the utility companies.
Removes the demolished building from the State tax
Insure that appliances and electrical devices that
might contain hazardous materials have been disposed of properly.
Q What is the penalty for building without a permit? BACK
1. The cost of the required building permit will
double as a penalty.
2. You could incur daily penalties until the structure
is brought into compliance.
3. You may have to demolish the structure if it is found that the
structure is located on your property in violation of existing city
Q What Repairs Do Not Need A Building Permit?
following do not require a building permit:
Replacing glass and/or doors without changing the size
of the exterior wall openings..
Re-roofing directly over not more than 1 layer of
roofing shingles, for a total of two layers.
Replacing defective plumbing fixtures with equivalent
Replacing electrical lights and receptacles with equivalent
Building a deck or platform that is less than 30"
above the adjoining ground. NOTE: Location of the structure still requires
a no-cost review from the Planning/Zoning Division at 394-5541 ext.
Building a detached accessory structure that is less
than 200 square feet in floor area and only one story in height. NOTE:
Location of the structure still requires a no-cost review from the Planning/Zoning
Division at 394-5541 ext. 1216.
Erecting a fence that is less than 6 feet in height
measured from adjoining grade; includes wood, concrete, masonry, and
Driveways and patios without roof coverings are exempt
from permit requirements. NOTE: Altering the public sidewalk, curb &
gutter, or the driveway approach requires a permit from the Public Works
Department prior to construction or demolition at 394-5541 ext. 1216.
This article, while not all inclusive, attempts to address the most common
issues. If you have any questions about this handout, or any construction-related
matter, please do not hesitate to call the Building and Zoning office
at 394-5541 ext. 1215