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Building Services Division

The mission of the Building Services Division is to enforce the minimum standards of the Building Codes for all buildings and structures within the community.  This division provides reviewing, permitting, and inspection of all building construction, demolition, renovation, or remodeling in the city.


 * Building inspection and Plan Review services are provided for Woods Cross City by Forsgren Associates:

Building Official: Dennis Chart -

* Inspection Scheduling 801-364-1465: Inspections must be scheduled by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the inspection.


A building permit is required for all construction within the city, excluding the following:

  • One-story detached accessory buildings 200 square feet in size or less that meet the requirements of the Woods Cross City Zoning Ordinance.
  • Floor coverings (carpet, hardwood, etc.) for residential projects
  • Interior wall coverings (wallpaper, paint, paneling, etc.) for residential projects
  • Private fencing 6-feet or under that meets the requirements of the Woods Cross City Municipal Code. See fencing regulations here.
  • Flat cement work
  • Retaining walls under 4' in height


Woods Cross City Building Permit Process 

For new buildings and large additions there is a plan review deposit fee of $250 to be paid when submitting an application and drawings.

 1.  Submit building permit application, construction drawings, and engineering to Woods Cross City building division.

      a. Paper Submittals:  Submit a complete building permit application with two (2) complete sets of construction plans to the Woods Cross Building Department, 1555 S. 800 W., Woods Cross, Utah. 

       b. Electronic Submittals:  Electronic submittals are accepted and may be emailed to

All commercial projects, must be reviewed by the South Davis Metro Fire Agency Fire Marshal. Drawings may be emailed to the Fire Marshal, Casey Vorwaller, at If you are unable to provide plans in electronic format, please contact the fire marshal at 801-677-2400. 

2.  Applications for large commercial and multi family residential projects are checked by the building official to ensure the application is complete. (See plan submittal requirements below.)This may require the contractor or architect  to meet with the building official. The appropriate person will be contacted by the building official if this is necessary.

3.  Once it is determined that the application is complete, the application is submitted to the city for zoning approval. 

4.  When zoning is approved, plans are given to the building official for plan review and calculation of building permit fees (this takes approximately 14 working days).     

5.  When plan review is complete, the application is forwarded to the building department for assessment of impact fees, connection fees, and final approval of permit. 

If at any time during the process the plans are rejected, the applicant will be notified to make changes as needed.

Click Here to Download a Building Permit Application

Click Here for Commercial Building Permit Submittal Checklist 

Click Here for Residential Building Permit Submittal Checklist

Click Here for Basement Finish Building Permit Submittal Checklist


Accessory Buildings:

A permit is required to construct an accessory building (storage shed, detached garage, barn) that will be over 200 square feet in size.  For structures 200 square feet and under , no permit is required; however, all structures must comply with zoning setback requirements.  The structure is limited to height of the home not to exceed 25 feet high.  The structure is also required to be at least three feet behind your home and may be within one foot of your property line; however, if the structure is situated less than three feet from the property line it must have one hour fire protection and there can be no windows or doors in the wall next to the property line. (Contact the building official for information on one hour fire protection.) Water runoff must also be contained on your own property and eaves cannot extend over your property line.  If there is an easement on your property, do not build on that easement.  The accessory building cannot cover more than 30% of the rear yard area.  For corner lots, no structure is allowed within 20 feet of the lot line on the side adjacent to the street.  If you are planning to build an accessory building in your back yard and are unsure about where to place it, you may submit a site plan drawing to the building department and they will be happy to advise you. 


Building Codes:

The following is a list of the building codes (with state amendments) that are currently enforced:

• 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC), to include Appendix J, Issued by the International Code Council.

• 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC), issued by the National Fire Protection Association.

• 2015 edition of the International Plumbing Code (IPC), issued by the International Code Council.

• 2015 edition of the International Mechanical Code (IMC), issued by the International code Council.

• 2015 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC), Issued by the International Code Council.

• 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), issued by the International Code Council.

• 2015 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), issued by the International Code Council.

• 2009 ANSI A117.1 Standard for Accessible and usable Buildings and Facilities

• 2015 International Fire Code

Woods Cross City Land Development Ordinance


Design Data:

Seismic:  Zone D.2
Wind:  115 mph, 3 sec. gust; exposure "C"
Ground Snow Load
:  43 psf
Snow Live Load:  30 lb. psf
Frost Depth:  30 inches
Climate Zone 5B















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