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Permitting Process

 

 

Residential Building Permits

 Scope

This section applies to one and two family dwellings only. Click

Commercial Building Permits  for multi-family residential requirements.

 

Permit Required

Generally, a permit is required to construct a new residence or to repair or alter any existing residence. Certain routine repairs may not require a permit. Please call 601-554-1003 if you are not sure.

Applicable Codes

Zoning: City of Hattiesburg Land Development Code

Building Code: 2003 International Residential Code (IRC)

Note: The City anticipates adopting the 2006 IRC prior to August 01, 2010.

Permit Application Requirements

Permit applications for minor routine repairs may be made on line by linking to building permit application. All other applications should be made in person at the Land Development Division. Call 601-554-1003 for instructions.

Most permit applications require plans and construction documents to support the permit application. Plans should be prepared by a registered architect or design professional and must be drawn to scale, utilizing architectural graphic standards. The designer’s name, address and phone number must be on each sheet of the plans.  Required plans may include, but may not be limited to the following:

Site Plan (Plot Plan): For new construction and additions. Include lot lines, footprints of existing buildings as well as new buildings and additions, ROW’s, streets and easements, north arrow, vicinity map, utility locations and other relevant information. In cases where extensive grading and/or site preparation is required, a separate grading plan may be required. Such cases may also require an additional Land Disturbance Permit.

Floor Plan: Should include proposed construction as well as existing in order to verify means of egress and other code requirements.

Exterior Elevations

Foundation Plan and Details

Wall Sections and other Construction Details

Electrical Plan

HVAC Plan

Plumbing Plan 

Contractor License Requirements

Even though it is highly recommended that you utilize the services of a licensed contractor, you may act as your own contractor for the construction of most single- family owner-occupied homes, with the exception of electrical and gas piping work. If you decide to act as your own contractor, it is important for you to understand that you are assuming all liability and may not have recourse against your builder or sub-contractors. You may be held liable if anyone is hurt at the construction site. You may also be subject to Mississippi Home Warranty Act, so if you ever sell the home, you may be required to warrant the home for up to seven years from the sales date.

Refer to Contractor Licensing for specific contractor licensing requirements.

Inspections Required

Permitted work must be inspected at all stages prior to cover-up. Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice when requesting inspections. Typical inspections for a new single-family residence include the following:

Building: footing, foundation, framing and final.

Electrical: temp. pole, rough in, building service, final.

Mechanical: Rough in, final

Plumbing: under-slab, stack-out, sewer tap/water connection, final

Other inspections may be required for certain projects. Remodel projects may not require all the above. The general rule of thumb is that any work performed must be inspected before it is covered.

Please call 601-554-1003 to schedule inspections.

Permit Fees

Permit fees for a new single-family residence are $550.00, $50 for plans review and $500 for permit and inspections.

See the Permit Fee Ordinance or call 601-554-1003 for permit fee schedule for other projects.

 

 Commercial Building Permits

 Scope

This section applies to all commercial, industrial and multi-family permit requirements. See Residential Permit Requirements for one and two family dwellings. Before obtaining a Commercial Building Permit, a Pre-Application Meeting and Site Plan Review is required with the Planning Department. For more information, click here.

 Permit Required

Generally, a permit is required to construct a new building or to repair or alter any existing building. Certain routine repairs may not require a permit. Please call 601-554-1003 if you are not sure.

 Applicable Codes

Building: 2003 International Building Code*

Electrical: 2005 National Electrical Code**

Mechanical: 2003 International Mechanical Code*

Plumbing: 2003 International Plumbing Code*

Fuel/Gas:  2003 International Fuel Gas Code*

 *The City anticipates adopting the 2006 edition of the International codes by August 01, 2010.

** The City anticipates adopting the 2008 National Electrical Code by August 01, 2010.

 

 Permit Application Requirements

Permit applications for minor routine repairs may be made on line by linking to building permit application. All other applications should be made in person at the Land Development Division. Call 601-554-1003 for instructions.

Most permit applications require plans and construction documents to support the permit application. Plans should be prepared by a registered architect or design professional and must be drawn to scale, utilizing architectural graphic standards. The designer’s name, address and phone number must be on each sheet of the plans. If the total building area is 5,000 square feet or greater, regardless of the size of the project, plans must be prepared by an architect registered with the state of Mississippi.  Required  building plans may include, but may not be limited to the following:

Floor Plan: Should include proposed construction as well as existing in order to verify means of egress and other code requirements.

Exterior Elevations

Foundation Plan and Details

Wall Sections and other Construction Details

Electrical Plan

HVAC Plan

Plumbing Plan 

In addition to building plans review, most commercial projects require approval by the Site Plan Review Committee. Refer to Development Information or call the Planning Division at 601-545-4599.

 Contractor License Requirements

Most commercial projects require licensed contractors and sub-contractors. Refer to Contractor Licensing for specific requirements.

 Inspections Required

Permitted work must be inspected at all stages prior to cover-up. Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice when requesting inspections. Typical inspections for a new building include the following:

Building: footing, foundation, framing and final.

Electrical: temp. pole, rough in, building service, final.

Mechanical: rough-in, above ceiling, final

Plumbing: under-slab, stack-out, sewer tap/water connection, final

Other inspections may be required for certain projects. Remodel projects may not require all the above. The general rule of thumb is that any work performed must be inspected before it is covered.

Please call 601-554-1003 to schedule inspections.

Permit Fees

Permit fees are based on the total cost of the project. Refer to the Permit Fee Ordinance or call 601-554-1003. Building permit fees do not include fees for plans review and public hearing application fees.

  Contractor Licensing

Contractors and subcontractors doing business in the City of Hattiesburg must be licensed by the City and by the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.

 In some cases, licensed subcontractors transferring from another Mississippi municipality or county may qualify without the state license requirement. The following must accompany the license application:

1.      Copy of Mississippi State Certificate of Responsibility for each contractor classification applicable.

2.      Certificate of liability insurance naming the City of Hattiesburg as certificate holder. The amount of insurance required will vary depending on the contractor license classification.

3.      Hattiesburg privilege tax license application or privilege license from another Mississippi city or county.

4.      Legible color copy of valid drivers license with photo ID.

5.      Certificate of Workers Compensation insurance.

6.      Details of all projects completed in the last 12 months.

7.      Signed affidavit from a licensed contractor testifying to five years proven experience in the applicable trade.

 

Applications are reviewed for approval by the Contractor Review Board on the third Wednesday of each month.

To review the regulations related to contractor licensing, click on Contractor Review Board Ordinance.