WORK REQUIRING A BUILDING PERMIT
A building permit is required when an individual intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or change the occupancy of a building or structure. This includes but is not limited to:
Any structural modifications
Installation of modular and manufactured homes
Garages and storage buildings, including pole barns
Temporary housing unit or temporary office trailer
Temporary MET or wind tower
WORK EXEMPT FROM A BUILDING PERMIT
Please contact the Building Division if you are unsure if your project requires a permit. The following is exempt from a building permit:
One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet
Fences under 8.5 feet in height
Retaining walls under 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
Sidewalks and driveways
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
Swings and other playground equipment
Applications can be submitted electronically via e-mail, by mail, or brought to our office in person.
Email Address: BuildingDept@co.williams.nd.us
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047
206 E. Broadway
Williston, ND 58801
Parcel ID Number (PIN) : 14-digit number unique to every parcel. It can
be found at http://www.williamsnd.com/tax/search/default.asp
Project Valuation: Total cost of the project including materials and labor.
This does not include the cost of the land.
Legal Description: Township, Range, Section, and
Quarter Description; Include block and lot number if located within a
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. The owner
can be listed as the contractor for residential projects.
Building Plans: Plans must be legible, drawn to
scale, and show conformance to the applicable North Dakota state building
codes. Each set should include:
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
Floor Plan: Show 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
Elevation Plan: Front, rear and side elevations of the proposed
Site Plan: Show what structures already exist on the
property and the proposed structure. The site plan must show the following:
Footprint of proposed and existing structures
Lot and building dimensions
Setback dimensions for the following: building(s) to property lines, building to building, building to road(s)
Grading and Drainage Plan | Additionally, a
Management Plan and Hydrology Report may be required 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
Copy of Electrical Permit Application | Mountrail-Williams Electric
Copy of Water Supplier Agreement | Williams Rural Water
Commercial Projects require a North Dakota licensed engineer
to sign and seal the plans. Additionally, commercial projects in excess of
5,000ft2 require a North Dakota licensed Architect signature