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Building Department

The Cottonwood Heights Building Department enforces minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, material quality, use, and occupancy of all buildings and structures.  The building department enforces city ordinance by performing a competent and thorough permit process, including plan review and subsequent inspections, for all building construction, demolition, renovation and remodeling in Cottonwood Heights.


Download a building permit

To determine the estimated cost of your building permit, enter the project valuation to the nearest $1000 in the table below.




Do I Need A Permit?

A building permit is required for all construction within the city, excluding the following:

  • One-story detached accessory building less than 200 square feet in size
  • Floor coverings (carpet, hardwood, etc.) for residential projects
  • Interior wall coverings (wallpaper, paint, paneling, etc.) for residential projects
  • Private fencing that meets the requirements of the Cottonwood Heights Municipal Code

Plan Submittal Requirements

  • 2 complete sets of 24” x 36” plans (including site plan) and engineering calculations.  All applications for new homes and large additions must have a labeled analysis and structural drawings stamped by a licensed Utah engineer
  • When a project requires fire and/or engineering review, an 11” x 17” site plan is required for each additional department performing a review
  • RES Check / Com Check
  • Electrical Detail
  • Gas Line Schematic
  • Stucco and Cultured Stone ICC evaluation reports
  • Manual J & D calculations and worksheets
  • Fireplace installation details


Permit Cost

The permit cost is based on the cost (valuation) of construction.  The provided cost valuation is entered into a table and converted to a permit cost.  A plan check fee of 65% of the building permit fee is required at time of plan submittal.  The remaining permit fees are due when the permit is issued.


Required Inspections

Inspections will vary based on the nature and extent of a project, but the following list includes the most common required inspections:

  • Footing (before concrete is poured) and setback verification
  • Foundation (before concrete is poured)
  • Bond beams (prior to ground rod placement)
  • Sub-rough plumbing (with test that meets requirements of the plumbing code)
  • 4-Way: framing, rough electrical, rough plumbing, and rough mechanical (before insulation)
  • Insulation (to meet energy code requirements)
  • Shower pan (liquid-applied shower pan liners are not allowed)
  • Gas Meter (once approved, the city will notify the gas company)
  • Power to Panel (once approved, the city will notify the power company)
  • Flashing and weather barrier (prior to any external materials/coverings)
  • Fire wall (nailing and taping)
  • Final (all work done on site)

Other inspections not mentioned above will be done as needed, including roofing, stucco, brick venting, backwater sewer valves (to protect basement plumbing features), etc.


Building Codes

The following is a list of the building codes (with state amendments) that are currently enforced:

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • 1997 Uniform Code for Abatement of Dangerous Buildings
  • 2009 ANSI A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • 2012 International Fire Code
  • City of Cottonwood Heights Municipal and Development Codes

Cottonwood Heights Design Factors

  • Seismic Category: D-2
  • Snow Load: 30-40 psf
  • Wind Speed: 70 mph sustained/90 mph 3-second gusts; Exposure B or C
  • Frost Depth: 30”
  • Ground Snow Load: 43-57 psf for drifting
  • Elevation: 4500-5100 ft


The Building Department is located at 1265 E Fort Union Boulevard, Suite 250, and can be reached at 801-944-7060 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

  • Contact Information:

    Building Department
    1265 E Fort Union Blvd Ste #250
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday through Friday