Building Department Info
The Syracuse City Building Department oversees all building and construction activity in the City to make sure that it is done safely and properly. The department protects the health, safety, and welfare of the City's residents by enforcing all local, national, and international building codes that are adopted into City ordinance.
(See Title 9 of the Syracuse City Ordinance for specific code information)
Please see the categories below for more information and feel free to contact the department with any questions.
Building Official: Brian Lemmons
Phone: (801) 614-9676
Building Permit Technician: Brenda Leota
Phone: (801) 614-9670
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm
It is illegal to construct any building or do any remodeling before first getting a building permit from the Building Department. Building permits are required for most construction acts and are for the purpose of allowing an expert to verify compliance to the minimum standards set by the City ordinance.
Common items requiring permits are: basement completions, decks attached to homes, swimming pools, replacing or adding air conditioning, furnaces, water heaters, water features with electrical pumps, small sheds with electrical, plumbing, heating, and hot tubs.
Some items that are exempt from permits are: single story accessory structures (sheds) under 200 square feet, fences up to 6 feet in height, driveways up to 30 inches above grade, detached decks up to 30 inches in height and less than 200 square feet, pools that hold, less than 24 inches of water, portable heating and cooling equipment, changing light luminaries or replacing a switch or receptacle, minor repairs on plumbing or replacing a fixture, and minor repairs on mechanical equipment.
If you have any questions about whether or not you need a permit, please ask us!
AS OF JULY 1, 2016 ALL BUILDING PLANS MUST COMPLY WITH 2015 BUILDING CODES
(IRC/IBC/IFC/IMC/IDC & 2014 NEC ELECTRICAL CODE)
Building Permit Forms and Applications:
After your building permit is granted, the building official will give you a required inspection checklist (see link below) that lists all the inspections that will be required as you reach certain milestones in your construction project. The building official will highlight the ones that will be required for your project when he gives it to you. Please call the office to set up your inspection at least 24 hours in advance. During peak building seasons, inspection wait times can be longer, so please plan ahead. As a reminder, the new structure cannot be occupied until the building official gives you a signed final inspection sheet that says that you passed the inspection and occupancy is granted.
Required Inspection Checklist