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From the time you drop off your completed permit application, the process time is usually four weeks during the heavy building season from March through October. It is a great idea to bring plans in during the slower months of December, January and February so that you can begin your project when you are ready in the spring. Remember, incomplete applications take longer. Additional reviews of changed/incomplete plans can be charged a deferred submittal fee in addition to the regular permit fee. Getting incomplete plans in quickly will not expedite issuance of the permit.
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All projects are subject to a zoning review, even if a building permit is not required and if you are outside your building envelope. These projects include:
Demolition Permits are required. Please contact Building Services to be certain a building permit is or is not required.
No and yes! No, they do not require a building permit, but do require a setback permit obtained through the building department if the agricultural building is located in an agricultural zoning district (A-20, A-40, R-10, and RR-40 in Blaine County) and they meet the definition contained in the Blaine County Building Code: "Agricultural Building": A structure designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or other horticultural products.This structure shall not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where agricultural products are processed, treated or packaged, nor shall it be a place used by the public." Yes, agricultural buildings do require building permits when not located in the zoning districts listed.
All applications are reviewed by the Land Use staff in-house prior to a structural review by Building staff. If a zoning application is required, then a hearing before the Commission or Hearing Examiner may be required. It is best to check with the Land Use Staff before you begin your building project so that any zoning questions can be addressed well in advance of your application for building permit.
For projects over $200,000 valuation, a $1,500 non-refundable partial payment is required at the time the application is obtained to the Building Services Department. Payment of the balance of fees due and permit fees for all other projects is required at the time of issuance of the building permit. Payment shall be made prior to the commencement of construction.
In the event of cancellation, a fee of 20% of the permit fees will be charged.
Because the 2012 International Building Code requires final inspections and certificates of occupancy, a minimum deposit of $1,500 or 10% of the total of the permit fees whichever is greater and shall be made at the time of the building permit application is submitted. Deposits for final inspection shall be released to the depositor upon successful final inspection and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Please use the fee schedule (PDF). Be sure to include the local jurisdictional fees at the top. The Blaine County Building Code authorizes the Building Official to make the final valuation determination on all projects.