Parcel ID Number (PIN): 14-digit number unique to every parcel. Use this map or search this database to find your PIN.
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:
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 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. Find Township information here. <insert link>
Copy of Septic Permit Application from the Upper Missouri District Health Unit
Copy of Electrical Permit Application from the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative
Copy of Water Supplier Agreement from Williams County Rural Water
Note: 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.
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 5,000ft 2 require a North Dakota licensed Architect signature and seal.
Inspections can be requested online or by calling the Inspection Line at (701) 577-4576. Inspections are generally conducted between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm and are only conducted on buildings located on property within the County. If your building is located on property within a city’s limits, then you need to contact the city in which it is located.
Work exempt from a building permit includes: one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds and playhouses 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, counter tops and similar finish work, and swing sets and other playground equipment. For more information about building permits, visit the Building Division webpage.