Application Requirements
The following is required in order to process building permit applications in a timely manner:

Parcel ID Number: A 14 digit number unique to every parcel. It can be found at

Project Valuation: Total cost of the project (materials, labor, etc.). This does not include the cost of the land.

Legal Description: Township, Range, Section, and Quarter Description; Include block and lot number if located in a subdivision

Physical Address: If the project site has not been assigned an address, one will be assigned when the permit is issued.

Contractor: The contractor must be licensed in North Dakota. For residential projects, the owner can be listed as the contractor.

Building Plans: Plans must be legible, drawn to scale, and show conformance to the applicable North Dakota state building codes. Each set should include two (2) copies of the following:

o   Foundation Plan: Show dimensions, anchor bolts, any hold-down types and locations, connection details, vent size and location, location and size of crawl space access

o   Floor Plans: Show all dimensions, room identification, window type and size, location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, water heater, furnace, ventilation fans, plumbing fixtures, balconies and decks, location and construction details for stairs and handrails

o   Elevation Plans: Front, rear and side elevations of the proposed structure.

Site Plan: This document will show what structures already exist on the property and the proposed structure. Two (2) copies of the plan is required showing the following:

o   North arrow

o   Footprint of proposed and existing structures

o   Lot and building dimensions

o   Setback dimensions for the following – building(s) to property lines, building to building, building to road(s)

o   Driveway location

Grading and Drainage Plans: Two (2) copies. Additionally, two (2) copies of the Storm Water Prevention Plan may be required, along with a Hydrology Report, for commercial projects.

Township Application: Some townships require a separate application. Contact the township to see if this is a requirement. Township information can be found here.

Copy of Septic Permit Application: Upper Missouri District Health Unit (701.774.6400)

Copy of Electrical Permit Application: Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative (701.577.3765)

Copy of Water Supplier Agreement: Williams Rural Water (701.774.8915)

***** Commercial Projects: 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.

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Williston, ND 58801

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Williston, ND 58802-2047


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