Frequently Asked Questions
What Building Permits are required?
New Construction or Remodels
Electrical (i.e. Service Upgrades or Repairs, Solar Panels)
Plumbing (i.e. Water Heater)
Mechanical (i.e. Furnace or A.C. Units)
Sheds & Fences
Download the Building Permit Requirements
Do I need a building permit to finish my basement or add on a room? Yes. It is required by both the City of Fruit Heights and the International Building Code, plus all homeowners insurance companies, that safety and construction inspections be conducted on all home improvements. The cost of this permit will depend on the square footage or type of improvement. The code specifically states: “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure...shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.”
Do I need a permit to put a shed on my property? Yes. To ensure that you meet the set-back and height requirements, you will need to obtain a permit from the Building Department.
Do I need a permit to install Solar Panels?
Yes. The Fruit Heights City Building Department requires an Electrical Permit for the installation of Solar Panels. Here is a checklist of requirements for PV Systems with additional requirements for Micro-Inverter PV Systems, and String Inverter PV Systems. Please review these checklists and make sure that your design and plans comply with the requirements.
What is the cost of a building permit to build my house?
Building permit costs are figured individually depending on the square footage of the home and the impact fees charged in the subdivision where you are building. Refer to the Fee Schedule for more information. Fees are subject to change.
What is required to pass a final inspection on new construction?
Download the Final Inspection Checklist (new construction).
What is required to pass a final inspection on a basement, addition, or remodel?
Download the Final Inspection Checklist (basement, addition, or remodel).
How long do I have to receive a refund of my construction bond?
Construction bonds will be refunded upon final completion and approval of the home. Bonds are normally refunded 30 days after the certificate of occupancy has been approved.