Building Inspection and permits
The following rate changes will take effect July 1, 2022:
Building Permit Fees will be determined by 2% of the total cost of the job with a minimum fee of $60.00
Electrical permit/inspection fees will be a minimum of $100.00
In this section you will find all necessary information in acquiring a City of Fairmont Building Permit or Zoning Permits.
Building Permits issued shall become invalid unless work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance. The Building Inspector is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated. All building permits are deemed invalid 180 days after the date of filing unless an extension has been granted from a City of Fairmont Building Inspector.
Zoning Permits are needed when a Building Permit is not and often applies to exterior improvements or smaller projects such as sheds, sidewalks, driveways, or fences. Please see the list below for a quick reference on which permit you might need for your project. You can also contact the Planning and Development Department for more information on Zoning Permits.
Please note that you may use the Building Permit application for Electrical and HVAC improvements also.
If your project is not solely on or more of the above, it is more likely that you will need a Building Permit. Please check with the Building Inspections Department for further clarification.
Fill out an application for a building permit online.
Read all the tax and licensing requirements for contractors and speculative builders.
Learn what is required for residential plan reviews prior to issuance of a building permit.
View and download a service drop clearance minimums for electrical work diagram.
View and download a typical grounding details for electrical work diagram.
Building Inspection/Code EnforcementPhysical Address
200 Jackson Street
3rd Floor, Room 305
Fairmont, WV 26554
200 Jackson Street 3rd Floor, Room 305 Fairmont WV 26554
P.O. Box 1428
Fairmont, WV 26555-1428
Phone: 304-366-6212, ext. 303Fax: 304-366-0228
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.