Development Services

Building Permits and Inspections

The mission of the Development Services Division of the Planning Department is to provide professional support to the community involved with building or altering the built environment of the community to protect health, safety and public welfare by enforcing the currently adopted building, state, and local codes consistent with the policies and ordinances adopted by the Norman City Council. 

The Division provides services that impact all construction activities in the community including providing guidelines to individuals and businesses interested in all aspects of construction while maintaining the highest standard of professionalism and customer service. The Division is responsible for plan review, permitting and appropriate field inspections to conclude the construction activities with a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), or Certificate of Completion (CC) upon completion of construction of all types of building permits for lawful occupancy. 

 

Commercial Projects

Construction Building Permit Applications and Supporting Documents

Commercial Building Permit Construction Application and Supporting Documents

Construction permit applications for industrial, commercial and multi-family projects include but are not limited to new construction, new shell, new shell interior finish, addition/alteration, new multi-family, multi-family addition/alterations, new shell, new shell interior finish, new multi-family, multi-family addition/alteration, temporary construction trailer, swimming pool and paving, The application and supporting documents for commercial construction projects are listed below:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Residential Building Permit Construction Application and Supporting Documents

Residential Construction

Construction permit applications for one-and-two family dwelling and related residential include but are not limited to new single-family, two-family, town-homes, addition/alterations, two-family addition/alteration, manufactured homes, storage buildings, storm shelters, carports, garages, swimming pools.  The application and supporting documents for one-and-two family dwelling and related construction projects are listed below:                                                                                         

Sign Permit Application

Sign permits are required in the City of Norman.  The purpose is to establish effective sign regulations which recognize the public as well as private interest and investment in our environment, and which regulate the number, size and location of signs; relate signs to the individual use, site and structure; prohibit unsafe signs; cause removal of abandoned and nonconforming signs; and promote and protect the health, safety, welfare, convenience and enjoyment of the City for its residents and visitors.

The intent is to promote more effective signing practices which will be compatible with their surroundings and appropriate to the type of activity to which they pertain; to encourage greater consideration of influencing factors and thoughtful design of signs; to promote economic and business development; to protect property values; to reduce distractions and obstructions that may contribute to traffic accidents; and to enhance and protect the physical appearance and natural beauty of the City.  Here is the sign permit application, and limited license sign application along with a temporary sign brochure, and the regulations for temporary signs and ordinance regarding sign regulations.

 

Sign Permit Application 

Limited License Sign Application

Temporary Sign Brochure

Temporary Sign Regulations

Ordinance-Sign Regulations

 

Demolition Permit Application

Demolition permits are required to track disconnect(s) of gas, electric, public water (if applicable), public sewer (if applicable), and location of debris removal from site. Complete a demo application for residential and commercial structures at a minimum fee of $20.00 for the first floor; and $12.50 for additional floors. Interior demolition of an existing building space typically requires a demolition permit. Here is the demolition permit application.

Demolition Permit Application

Ordinance-Demolition Fee Schedule

Structure Moving Application

Structure moving permits are not required for those structures which, when loaded, are smaller than thirteen and one-half (13½) feet high, twelve (12) feet wide and fifty (50) feet in length. Those larger require a permit.  A structure mover must be licensed with the State of Oklahoma and the City of Norman. Additional permits are typically required when applying for a structure moving permit.  Please contact the Plan Review staff for additional information.  Here is the structure moving application.

Structure Moving Application

Ordinance-Structure Moving

License Applications and Renewal Information

Trade Contractor License Application (Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)

Trade License App Image

Trade Contractor licenses are required in the City of Norman.  To obtain a Trade Contractors License (Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing), applicants must have a current "active" State issued license from the State of Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB) in hand, and show to be "active" on the CIB website.  Additionally, applicants must have a current driver's license, or state issued ID.    Here is the license application for trade contractors.  

License renewals occur annually for Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Trade Contractors.  Renewal notices are mailed to Contractors mid-February with a return due date of March 31st annually that must be accompanied with the following items:  A completed Trade Contractor Application (Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing); a copy of your Oklahoma State License issued from the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board; A copy of the current Driver’s License or State issued Identification Card/Photo ID; and Payment of Fee.

 

Sign Contractor License Application

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Sign Contractor Licenses are required in the City of Norman.  In addition to completing the license application, applicants must submit a "Sign Contractors Bond" in the sum of $2,000 for a new License.  The bond must be a corporate surety bond, or certificate of deposit payable to the City of Norman, and the bond must be renewed annually along with the Sign Contractor license.  Here is the  license application, and bond form for sign contractors.

License renewals occur annually for Sign Contractors.  Renewal notices are mailed to Contractors mid-February with a return due date of March 31st annually that must be accompanied with the following items:  A completed Sign Contractor Application; a Continuation Certificate of your Sign Contractors Bond, and Payment of Fee.

Ordinance-Sign Contractors License

Structure Moving License Application

Structure Moving License Application image

Structure Moving Licenses are required in the City of Norman.  In addition to completing the license application, applicants must submit their casualty insurance policy certificate in an amount not less than $100,000, and show proof of current unified carrier registration (URC) or intrastate license.  Here is the structure moving license application.  Here is the structure moving license application.

License renewals occur annually for Structure Movers.  Renewal notices are mailed to Structure Moving Contractors mid-February with a return due date of March 31st annually that must be accompanied with the following items:   A completed Structure Moving Application;  a copy of your current Driver’s License or State Issued Identification Card/Photo ID; Certificate of Insurance; Intrastate Motor Carrier License OR Unified Carrier Registration, and Payment of Fee.

Structure Moving License Application

 

Ordinance-Structure Moving 

 

Other Permit and Related Information

Trade Permit Fee Schedules (Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing)

Trade permits are required in the City of Norman.  The permits (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) must be obtained in advance of commencement of work.  Here are the fee schedules for each trade category, and the reference to the City's Code of Ordinances.

Electrical Permit Fee Schedule

Mechanical Permit Fee Schedule

Plumbing Permit Fee Schedule

Ordinance-Permit Fee Schedule

Adopted Building Codes and Local Amendments

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The Norman City Council approved the amendment and adoption of updated building, fire, and property maintenance codes effective November 24th, 2017.  The adopted codes include the following:  

 

2015  International Building Code including State and Local Amendments

  • ICC A117.1-2009:  Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities (adopted by reference)           
  • ICC 500-2014:  ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (adopted by reference)

2015 Existing Building Code including State and Local Amendments

2006 International Energy Conservation Code

2015 International Plumbing Code including State and Local Amendments

2015 International Mechanical Code including State and Local Amendments

2015 International Fuel Gas Code including State and Local Amendments

2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) including State and Local Amendments

2015 International Residential Code including State and Local Amendments

2015 International Fire Code including State and Local Amendments

2015 Edition of NFPA-1 Fire Prevention Code including Local Amendments  (For occupancy of buildings already having a certificate of occupancy)

2015 International Property Maintenance Code including Local  Amendments

Ordinance-Adopted Building Code

Garage Sale Permits

Garage Sale Sign

Garage Sale Permits are required in the City of Norman.  The cost of a garage sale permit is $10.00, and the permit can be purchased from the City of Norman main campus at 201 W. Gray Street, Building-A, or The Norman Transcript, which is located at 215 E. Comanche Street. The garage sale application form consists of some basic questions such as name, address, and the dates of the sale. The form also includes information from the Code of Ordinances listed below. 

Ordinance - Garage Sales

 

Development Handbook

Development Handbook

On-Line Inspections

The On-Line Inspection System offers a multitude of options for permit holders and others to view building permit, inspection and related information on-line.  Here are some of the options offered.

On-Line Inspections

SELECT PERMIT

This option allows users to search for an application or permit by application number, address, parcel number or name

STATUS DETAIL

Status detail shows general information about the application such as the application date, zoning of the property, property address, owner, square footage, application type, and general contractor

APPLICATION FEES

The application fee option indicates the fees that have been paid, and those that are due.  

PERMIT STATUS

The permit status option indicates the permit types associated with the application.  Click on the appropriate permit to view general information about the permit including the issue and expiration date.

PERMIT STATUS

The permit status option indicates the permit types associated with the application.  Click on the appropriate permit to view general information about the permit including the issue and expiration date.

INSPECTION STATUS

The inspection status option allows users to see the inspections associated with the particular permit they are interested.  Clicking on an specific inspection will indicate the request and result comments

PLAN TRACKING STATUS

The plan tracking status indicates the status of the application review including building, Planning, Public Works, Fire Marshal and final review steps.  Choosing any of these agencies will indicate the review comments for the project for that agency

PROJECT INSPECTIONS

Project Inspections indicates all inspections including the schedule date, status and result date.  New single-family projects have a required sequence of inspections

 

SCHEDULE/CANCEL INSPECTIONS

The schedule/cancel inspection options allows users to select the appropriate inspection type from the list of available options to schedule for inspection.  Inspections may be scheduled up to five workdays out.

 

Automated Phone Line System

The Automated Phone Line System allows users to request inspections, get inspection results,find out what inspections have already been requested, and cancel inspections.  The number is (405) 366-5333.

Automated Phone Line System Brochure

Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals consists of six citizen volunteers (five members and one alternate) who are appointed by the City Council. Their sole purpose is to provide an appeals process to a citizen when they disagree with a building code decision made by the Building Official. Meetings are scheduled as needed, generally within seven to ten days of receipt of an application. All meetings are held at the City of Norman Municipal Complex, 201 W. Gray Street, Building "A", Norman, OK 73069. For further information regarding the Board of Appeals, please contact the Building Official at (405) 366-5387 or by e-mail at developme[email protected]

Ordinance - Board of Appeals

Permitting Statistics

Permitting Statistics includes detailed information of the number of permits issued by type for residential and related projects, commercial and related projects, and a combined report of all information.  Three reports are completed at the conclusion of each month and posted to this site generally by the tenth of the following month

 

RESIDENTIAL 

    REPORT

             NON-     

      RESIDENTIAL

        REPORT                

        MONTHLY

         REPORT 

January 2020

Residential

      Non-Residential

Monthly Report

February 2020

Residential

      Non-Residential 

Monthly Report

March 2020

Residential

      Non-Residential

Monthly Report

April 2020

Residential

      Non Residential

Monthly Report

May 2020 Residential       Non-Residential