Application Process

A Permit submittal should consist of:

  • All permit applications are available as fillable pdf's and pdf downloads.
  • Letter from your Home Owners Association indicating approval of any alterations to the exterior of your home or property. This item is only submitted for those properties located within an HOA.
  • Any supplemental information which describes your project. Provide one hard copy of all supplemental information. In addition, provide one electronic version of the supplemental information in the form of a PDF. In some cases, we may be able to create the PDF file for you provided that your submitted information is no larger than an 11x17 size paper.
To download copies of all applications and forms, please click here.

Plan Review and Applications Information:

Time Frame for:

New Residential Plan Permits 1- 2 weeks
All Commercial Plan Permits 2 – 4 weeks
All Other Permits 1-2 days

Can I do the work myself or should I hire a contractor?

Your project can be done yourself, with no outside contractors needed if:

  • The house you are working on is your own residence and you are living in it with a homestead exemption.
  • The work is done by you yourself and not by anyone else.

Although doing the work yourself may sound like a great deal, make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew. In addition, you should be aware that your home owner's insurance will be responsible for coverage should anything go awry due to your work. If you hire a contractor to do the work, and something goes awry, you have a source of recourse via the contractor's Liability Insurance.

Supplemental Information:

Depending upon the type of permit for which you are applying, the supplemental information might include some, or all, of the following items:

Plot Plan:

A plot plan shows property lines, easements, fences, existing structures and all proposed additions and/or removal of structures shall be submitted for planning and Zoning setbacks. Plans shall be to scale and accurately dimensioned.

Foundation Plan:

A foundation plan shows measurements, sizes, and locations of footings, reinforcement, attachments to existing structures, elevations and vapor barriers shall be submitted. Engineer stamp, signed and dated will be required on large additions. Cut, removal and replacement for underground plumbing and electric shall require plans and inspections. If a foundation exists with no vapor barrier and conditioned addition will be constructed on said foundation, an appropriate sealing method shall be submitted to prevent all moisture problems.

Floor Plans:

Floor plans with all dimensions, door and window details, etc. Each room or area shall be identified. Proposed areas shall be identified for future use. Example: “Patio slab to be covered/enclosed at a later date” or “Warehouse to be remodeled for future office space at a later date”.

Framing/Structural Drawings:

Framing/structural drawing, showing locations, sizes, wood grades and types, steel grades and types, header sizes, door and window locations, attachment to existing structure, floor joist, roof trusses and hangers, shall be submitted. Pre-engineered floor joists and roof trusses shall have engineer letters and shop drawings.

Building Elevations:

Building elevations of all exterior sides of the house indicating locations of windows, doors or other building features. Elevations should also include references to the materials which will be utilized. Samples of materials may be requested for review by the Building Official.

Energy Compliance:

Energy Compliance Certificate according to the International Energy Conservation Code adopted by the City -OR- Proof that window, door and insulation submittals satisfy Energy Conservation Codes.

HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Plans:

Electric, Plumbing and HVAC (heat, vent, air condition) plans shall be submitted. New systems shall be engineered. These three trades are required to pull separate permits.

Flatwork, Sidewalk and Driveway Plans:

Drawings showing location, dimensions and size of rebar or wire mesh. For instances when you are expanding beyond existing paving, please indicate how the new paving will be tied into the existing structure or paving.

Retaining Walls:

Retaining walls measuring four feet or more from bottom of footing to top of wall shall require plans and permit.

Fire Suppression/Fire Alarm:

If Fire Suppression and/or Fire Alarm present or required, plans shall be submitted (before the frame inspection will be performed).

Commercial Knox Box:

All businesses shall have a Knox Box at front door or gate. Applications are available at the Live Oak Fire Department.

Demolition Plans:

Demolition plans may be submitted with the Build plans or separate as a demolition plan only. A demolition permit may be issued before building plans are submitted.

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