Apply For An Oklahoma Building Permit

For what reasons would I need to get a building permit in Oklahoma?

Building permits are licenses you need to start any construction project in Oklahoma. It is the primary way that state and local governments ensure buildings are built to code for the safety of its inhabitants and the community at large. This is why permits are required for any project that involves building a new building, structurally modifying or demolishing an existing building, substantial electrical work, plumbing work, mechanical work, or grading.

Do I need a building permit to remodel my house in Oklahoma?

If your proposed project in Oklahoma involves changing the structure of the house in any way, such as knocking down a wall or creating new windows, then you will need to get a building permit. You will also need a permit if electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work will be done. However, you do not need a permit for most finishing work such as carpeting, painting, tiling, and wallpapering. If you don’t know whether you will need a permit, you should check with your local Building Department in Oklahoma to see if a permit is required.

Are building permits required for small structures like sheds and fences?

Maybe. Some cities in Oklahoma do require permits for fences and sheds of a certain size, including storm shelters, while others do not. Edmond, for example, only requires permits for sheds that will be more than 200 square feet but you must have your plan reviewed for all proposed structures regardless of size in Oklahoma City.

Is the process different for residential and commercial properties?

While the overall application process is the same, most cities in Oklahoma have separate applications for residential and commercial projects. Because many commercial buildings must meet different criteria than residential houses such as fire suppression systems and emergency exits, there are usually more city agencies that must sign off on a commercial application before a building permit will be issued. However whether the proposed project is residential or commercial, they will be reviewed by the Building Department to make sure that the plans meet with building codes, zoning, and setback requirements before the permit is issued.  


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