Building Permits


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:

  1. Any structural modifications
  2. Installation of modular and manufactured homes
  3. Garages and storage buildings, including pole barns
  4. Temporary housing unit or temporary office trailer
  5. Communications tower
  6. Temporary MET or wind tower


Please contact the Building Division if you are unsure if your project requires a permit. The following is exempt from a building permit:

  1. 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
  2. Fences under 8.5 feet in height
  3. Retaining walls under 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  4. Sidewalks and driveways
  5. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  6. Swings and other playground equipment


Applications can be submitted electronically via e-mail, by mail, or brought to our office in person.

Email Address:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2047

Williston, ND 58802-2047

Physical Address:

206 E. Broadway

Williston, ND 58801


Parcel ID Number (PIN) : 14-digit number unique to every parcel. It can be found at

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 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. 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 structure

Site Plan: Show what structures already exist on the property and the proposed structure. The site plan must show the following:

  • North arrow
  • 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)
  • Driveway location

Grading and Drainage Plan | Additionally, a  Storm Water 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 Cooperative 

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 and seal.

Kameron Hymer   - Development Services Director

Williams County Administration Building
2nd floor

Physical Address:
206 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047


206 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047


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