Commonly Asked Questions

What are your office hours?

The Building Department is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

What type of projects require a permit?

The installation of new patios, driveways, walkways, storage sheds, the replacement, repair, or construction of new fences and retaining walls, and play sets  require a building permit.  Changes in grade, interior and exterior remodels, additions to existing residences, and new residences also require a building permit.  The permit must be approved prior to work commencing on the project.

The demolition of an existing residence or accessory building requires a demolition permit. Tree removal permits are required for any tree that is not considered dead, diseased or dying. 

For a tree removal permit where less than 5 trees are requested for removal you must have the owner's signature, proof of trustee notification (where applicable) and all application documentation is required. There is a cost of $135 upon approval.

For tree removal permits where 5 or more trees, or 20% or more of the overall trees or any landmarks are being removed you must have all items listed above for submittal. These tree removal permits will also require a review by our BOSTA Committee for approval.   (Per revised Ord. 2326)  If you have any questions, call 314-997-6308 or e-mail [email protected].   

New or replacement mechanical systems require an HVAC permit.

The modification of a plumbing, sewer, or drainage systems requires a plumbing permit.

Modifications to electrical systems or new installation require electrical permits from St. Louis County and must be performed by a licensed electrician.  For more information contact the St. Louis County Department of Public Works at 615-5184.

How can I find my zoning district and setback requirements?
Zoning districts and regulations can be found in the Zoning Code, Ch. 1175 at the following link. Zoning Code 

If you need to verify your zoning district, please view the following zoning map.
How long does it take to review my permit application?

Review times vary based on the type of project.  New construction and projects making modifications to the exterior will first require the review of the Architectural Review Board. Once a project has been submitted for permit review, it can take two-three weeks for approval. New Residential permits can take longer as there are multiple staff reviews required. 

What type of projects do not require a permit?

Roof repair or exterior repair from minor storm damage does not require a permit.  Replacement patios, driveways, or walkways that are the same dimension and location as previously installed do not require a permit.

Kitchen remodels which only involve the replacement of appliances and cabinets do not require a permit.

If you have any questions as to whether or not a permit is required, please call the Building Department at 314-997-6308 so we can discuss your project with you.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Inspection can be scheduled by contacting the Building Department at 314-997-6308 no later than 3:00 PM, 48 hours prior to the day you would like the inspection to occur.  Inspections can be scheduled for AM or PM.  Inspections can also be requested through our online portal. or by emailing the department with your request at [email protected].  Please provide your permit number, the type of inspection, and the day you would like the inspection to occur.
A request for an inspection is not a guarantee, the Building Department office will need to verify the requested time is available and we will contact you once the inspection has been scheduled. 

What times is construction noise allowed?
Construction noise is allowed Monday through Friday 7 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Any construction noise before or after the allowed time is considered a violation of the City’s noise ordinance.