If you’re building a Salt Lake City garage, you will need to obtain a building permit. A building permit ensures that your Salt Lake City garage is constructed in accordance with the minimum standards that safeguard public safety and health as well as protect the property from fire hazards and other hazards. The Salt Lake City government explicitly states,

“No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building, structure or premises, or make any installation, alteration or improvement to the electrical, plumbing or mechanical system in a building, structure or premises, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining the prescribed permits for each such building or structure or premises from the building official.”

What, exactly, is the process for obtaining a building permit for Salt Lake City garages? We’re here to break it down for you.

  1. Develop a site plan. In order to apply for a permit, you need to have the plans ready. A set of plans should include: a site plan, a floor plan, cross sections, elevations, engineered truss details, existing/proposed topography, soil reports, joist layouts, footing/foundation details, heat loss calculations, drainage plans, parking calculations, and any other relevant information. You can find information specifically about drawing up Salt Lake City garage plans here.

  2. Apply for the permit. If you are adding a garage to your Salt Lake City residence on your own (without a contractor), you will need to apply for the permit. If a contractor is doing the work for you, or in the case of a rental or a commercial property, a contractor will have to obtain the permit.

    Please note that the permit office is located in the Salt Lake City and County Building in room 2015. This building is located at 451 S. State St., situated between 400 and 500 South and between State Street and 200 East.

  3. Wait for the plan review. In order to receive a building permit, the plan will need to be reviewed and approved. Oftentimes, minor plan reviews can be done over the counter while you wait. Plans that require a more extensive review could take up to six weeks to be reviewed.