Building Inspection


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

Building Permits
In this section you will find all necessary information in acquiring a City of Fairmont Building Permit. City of Fairmont 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.

Please note that you may use the Building Permit application for Electrical and HVAC improvements also.

Most projects for any size require one of two permits, a Building Permit or a Zoning Permit. To decide if you need a Zoning Permit, projects that qualify include:
  • Fences
  • Accessory structures (sheds, garages, gazebos, etc) 200 SF or less
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Porches, stoops, or decks 200 SF or less
  • Patios (ground based)
  • Pools less than 2 feet in depth
  • Retaining walls less than 4 feet in height
  • Other exterior or site based element improvements not covered under the building code
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.