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Building Permits - 801.568.7251

A building permit application can be submitted by visiting the Building Department at Sandy City Hall, 10000 S. Centennial Parkway, suite 210. Under certain circumstances, a building permit application may be submitted by emailing it to Please call for additional information prior to emailing.

A Building Permit is required for all construction within Sandy City. As per the International Building Code, permits are required when: "Any owner or authorized agent who tends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

A building permit is not required for the following (not a comprehensive listing):

  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 200 square feet.
  • Fences not over 7 feet high
  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet high
  • Sidewalks and driveways (you will need a permit from the Public Works Department)
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons and are entirely above ground

It is in your best interest to contact the planning department in our office if you plan on building any of these outdoor items, as their requirements are still in place, even if you do not need a permit from the building department. You may contact them at 801-568-7256

Building Inspections

You may schedule a building inspection by calling 801-568-7251. You must have the permit number, address and the type of inspection needed.

Building inspections are generally made during business hours Monday - Friday. At a minimum, you should call at least 24 hours in advance to the desired inspection date.

All new construction and all remodels are required to obtain a building inspection. The purpose of a building inspection is to verify compliance with the minimum safety standards set forth in the adopted building codes.


A successful building inspection does not guarantee:

  • good workmanship
  • proper paint colors
  • perfectly level counter tops

However, a successful building inspection does mean that your home or commercial space does:

  • meet standards to ensure your safety
  • ensure that the building was built to the structural specifications as shown on the approved building plans
  • provide proof to insurance agencies that all work was done with a permit and to the minimum safety requirements (sometimes required to process a claim in the event of fire or other loss)

At the inspection, the Building Inspector will review all work done, compare it to the approved plans or building code (as applicable) for compliance, and issue an inspection report. The report will either "pass" the inspection, or will contain a list of necessary corrections that must be completed prior to a re-inspection. The inspection reports are kept on file with the permit and are not destroyed.



A building permit issued by Sandy City will be closed once a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued OR a passing final inspection has been done. In accordance with Section 105.5 of the 2015 IRC, which the State of Utah has adopted, all permits are considered expired after 180 days from issuance or from the last known inspection.

 In the event that the Building Official or his representatives determine that a permit is expired or that a building is being occupied without a final inspection done or Certificate of Occupancy issued, a Certificate of Non-Compliance will be filed against the property in question.

 Prior to filing a Certificate of Non-Compliance the property owner will be notified, in writing, of the conditions which has prompted the Sandy City Building Official to start this action. The property owner will be given a maximum response time of thirty (30) days to respond. The building official may grant an extension if it is determined that there have been extenuating circumstances that made completion of the project difficult. This is per the Chief Building Official's discretion and taken on a case by case basis.

 After thirty (30) days, if there has been no response or effort from the property owner to bring this matter into compliance, a Certificate of Non-Compliance will be filed with the Salt Lake County Recorders office.

 The Non-Compliance can be removed once the property has been brought into compliance. It is the property owners responsibility to bring the property into compliance and notify the city so an inspection can be done to remove the Non-Compliance.

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