When do I need a building permit?
If the remodeling or construction value is more than $ 500 for the value of the
labor and materials a permit is required. If you are installing a shed equal to
or less than 144 square feet (12 feet by 12 feet) no permit is required. This is
along the lines of a prefab shed from a local dealer, or a metal put-it-together
shed you buy in a kit, etc. The location needs to be in the back yard 15 feet from
the house. If in doubt as to location, give us a call.
Do I need a permit to install or move a Manufactured Home or older Mobile Home to
or on my lot for a dwelling?
Yes. Navajo County has the delegation from the State Office of Manufactured Housing
to issue permits for the installation of the above types. Older Mobile Homes built
prior to June 15, 1976, must be brought up the current safety requirements of the
state. They are called Re-habilitated Mobile Homes in our Zoning Code. Local private
inspectors can approve the upgrade work and apply a tag to the mobile home generally
in the utility room. For the installation, we inspect the location set-backs, blocking
and all utility connections that come with the installation permit. The permit fee
is $120.00 and can include any porches, decks, cabanas, etc., that come with the
dealer installation at the time of set-up. If these items are wanted later on, then
a separate permit is required for the addition and it has to be built to building
standards that might include concrete foundations, framing, insulation, etc. The
county does not inspect Factory Built Buildings as the state still has that inspection
My lot needs a septic system. Do I need to have it installed prior to obtaining
my building permit for my home or business?
We require that the sewage system be available prior to the construction of the
home or business. If on a community sewer system then a release from the operating
company is required authorizing the hook-up sometime during construction of the
facility. If a septic system is required, then you must first go through and get
the soil tested at the desired place for the septic system and then have the system
installed and ready for hook-up. In certain cases, the installation may be delayed
due to its location being in the way of heavy construction trucks. We can work with
the contractor on these case-by-case situations.
How long does it take to get a permit, building, septic system, or otherwise?
After we have the complete submittal, we have 10 working days to review any application,
and have the permit ready to issue. Money Orders, Cashiers Checks, and personal
checks are needed for the payment. No cash is accepted for permits. Checks that
are returned as Insufficient Funds will have the work STOP ORDERED until the payment
is made up plus a $ 25.00 bad check fee. One bad check and that person, firm, company,
etc., will go on our bad check list which will require that any further payment(s)
will be by Money Order or Cashiers Check.
Can I build my own home?
Yes, lot owners can build their own house. It has to be to the codes so you need
two good set of plans for our review, and then hire contractors for the specialty
work such as concrete for the foundation, plumbing/mechanical, electrical, etc.
We will do what we can to see you through the process but we are not your designer,