Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a building permit?


Applications can be mailed, e-mailed, or brought to our office in person.


Physical Address:

206 E. Broadway

Williston, ND 58801


Mailing Address:

PO Box 2047

Williston, ND 58802-2047


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 current adopted addition of the 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 submit plans stating what changes are being made. Hard copies of the plans need to be mailed or brought into our office. Any changes must be approved by the Building Official.


How do I schedule an inspection?

Call the County inspection line (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.

206 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

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


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