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Construction and Permits

One of the Primary responsibilities of the Department of Codes & Building Safety is to issue building permits and the related trades permits.

The Department has made a number of significant changes that enhance our ability to provide permitting services to our customers.Please note that while Metro offers an online permitting system, customers may still come to our offices in the Metro Office Building to obtain their permits in person and to discuss any building or zoning code issues with our staff. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

E-Permits System

This electronic, web-based system allows contractors to schedule and request inspections, obtain the required permits for their building project, and pay permit fees electronically.

Who Can Obtain A Permit

A property owner who presently occupies or intends to occupy a single-family residence or a licensed contractor may obtain a building permit to construct or repair a residence.

For detailed information about obtaining a building permit, download the Who Can Obtain a Permit brochure.

One Stop Shop

The Codes Department is the "umbrella" agency that administers permits in Metro government. We have created links with various other departments with an interest in the permit process, linking them electronically to the permitting database in what is called permit tracking.

Contractor Licensing Renewal System

Contractors can now renew their licenses online using our internet based renewal service.

Electronic Plans Review

Building plans can now be submitted to the Codes Department electronically. The process allows "one" set of plans to be submitted and reviewed by all city departments concurrently, with all viewing the same set of plans.

Building Code (Title 16)

Use and Occupancy Letters

The final step in the building permit process is the issuance of a Use and Occupancy Letter certifying that the building has met the minimum standards of the building code. Learn more about the steps you should take before inquiring about a U&O letter for your project.

Emergency Electrical Reconnects

The Department of Codes and Building Safety provides twenty-four hour assistance to any emergency electrical service reconnect call.

For detailed information about Emergency Electrical Service Reconnections, download the Emergency Electrical Reconnect Plan brochure.