Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a building permit?


Applications can be mailed in or brought to our office in person. At this time we do not accept electronic or email submissions. We must have hard copies of the plans and application.


Physical Address:

220 2nd Ave. East

Williston, ND 58801


Mailing Address:

PO Box 2047

Williston, ND 58802-2047


Please see the Building Permit Application for a detailed list of requirements. 


When am I required to have my plans signed and sealed by a ND licensed design professional?

Residential: Documents are required to be signed and sealed when the proposed project is beyond the prescriptive measures outlined in the 2012 International Residential Code.

Commercial: Regardless of size, when structural work is proposed, commercial projects require that a North Dakota licensed engineer sign and seal the plans. Additionally, commercial projects in excess of 5,000ft2 require a North Dakota licensed Architect signature and seal.


How do I make changes to an existing building permit?

Changes to an existing building permit require that you complete a Resubmittal Form stating what changes are being made and that you attach any applicable plans. Hard copies of the form and plans need to be brought in or mailed to our office. Any changes must be approved by the Building Official.


How do I schedule an inspection?

Call the County inspection hotline (701) 577-4576 no later than 8:00am to be scheduled that same day. We do not schedule specific times, but please let us know if you have concrete scheduled and we will do our best to accommodate. Inspections are generally conducted between 9:00am and 4:00pm.


How long is my building permit valid?

A building permit is deemed expired when no work has been done for a period of 6 months. As long as work is being done, and good effort is being made to complete the project, the permit does not expire.