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Obtaining a Post-Frame Building Permit

Permit problems cause delays and frustrations.

Here's how to avoid them.

If you are planning a new building, you may be thinking that getting a permit is something you don't have to deal with until right before construction.

The problem, however, is that you won't be able to get a permit unless your proposed building meets all the requirements for structures on your site in your location. Even with an agricultural project, it is important to learn what those requirements are before getting too far into the planning process to help minimize any surprises.

Don't assume that just because the building you want is similar to a neighbor's that you won't have problems. Every plot is unique and regulations change over time.

A call and/or visit to the website of your municipal or county building department will allow you to:

  1. Identify the governing body that has the authority to issue permits for your location (city or county).
  2. Discover the exact requirements and necessary information needed in order to apply for the permit (i.e., applications, site plans, detailed construction prints, legal land description, list of contractors, etc.).
  3. Ask about the typical turnaround time from the time that it is filed until it is approved to allocate the proper time in your project schedule.
  4. Verify the property has the correct zoning for the intended use of the building.
    • What is the current zoning?
    • Any land use limitations, e.g., animal confinement or business?
  5. Find out if you need approval from other city agencies, county agencies or state approvals, such as:
    • Drainage approval from surveyor's office to determine storm water management or drainage requirements.
    • Highway/street department approval (driveway permit)
    • Health department approvals (septic approvals)
    • Minimum distances you can be from a septic field, property line, ditches, etc.
  6. Identify the front, rear and side yard setbacks.
    • Will a variance be required in order to obtain a permit? What is the process?
  7. Determine if there are any square footage and/or height restrictions.
    • Are there any special ordinances or covenants?
  8. Avoid the potential frustrations and added expense late in the game of having to rework your design and site flow in order to meet the regulations in order to get your permit.
Need help? Call us at 1.800.552.2981. The FBi Project Sales Consultant in your area can help answer your questions and provide helpful guidance.