Permits and Building Codes Online

Building Permits and CodesManaging Permitting Online:

Online permit reference site where you can use their software to search by state and county. A really marvelous must-have online permits resource.

MyBuildingPermit is an easy-to-use permitting portal that makes it possible to apply for, pay for, and receive electrical, low voltage, mechanical, plumbing, and re-roof permits from each of the participating jurisdictions. This is one-stop government service at its best.

US Census Permits Index
This Census Bureau site lets you search for permits issued by state, metropolitan area, and other criteria, and includes updated statistics on national building permits as well as documentation. It provides data on the number of new housing units authorized by building permits. Data are available monthly, year- to- date, and annually at the national, state, and selected metropolitan area levels. The data are from the Building Permits Survey.

Specific local building permits online: Almost every major municipality in the United States now makes their permitting process available to contractors online. To find your local building permit portal, use one of the specialized search engines above, or go to generalized search engine such as Google or Bing and type in "building permits (your city or county)". You will find direct links to your local permit office, such as these below.

State of Oregon ePermitting System. This site allows you to apply for building permits with just a few clicks of a mouse. Participation by cities or counties is voluntary and each participating city or county determines which permits are available for sale online.

District of Columbia construction permits
DCRA now lets you complete your building permit application online. Expanded ONLINE Construction Permit Application Intake (OCPI)--now allowing all construction permit types.

New Jersey permits
Dedicated to helping consumers navigate the building permit process in New Jersey. Specific sections for homeowners and contractors.

San Jose Permits On-Line
This site has been developed to allow citizens and development customers to obtain a variety of information regarding proposed development for properties within the City of San Jose. It also allows registered users to submit permit applications, obtain simple development permits and schedule inspections.

St. Paul permits
Online permits for the city of St. Paul, Minnesota

Houston permits
Online permits for the city of Houston, Texas.

Cary permits
Online permits for the town of Cary, North Carolina

Boston permits
Online permits for the city of Boston, Massachusetts

Online building code resources:

Building Codes
Expansive library of Building Codes books and guides in all areas of construction and the building trades, including construction, electrical, plumbing and concrete.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
A private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Offers a guide to building codes across the nation. Learn about federal construction regulations and rules.

Building Energy Codes
BECP develops and maintains free software and tools to support federally-mandated codes and standards (including the award-winning REScheck software for low-rise residential building energy code compliance, and the COMcheck software for commercial building energy code compliance), and conducts outreach and deployment activities related to energy codes and high-performance sustainably designed buildings.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors (ASHRAE)
Offers links to HVAC standards as well as training, events, etc., for HVAC contractors

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
The IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) has been protecting the public’s health and safety for more than eighty five years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world. IAPMO utilizes an open consensus process in the development of the Uniform Plumbing Code® and Uniform Mechanical Code®. These codes are established through scientific research, debate, and analysis, strengthening their position at the forefront of the plumbing and mechanical industries.

Building Codes & Standards - Information Sources
Part of the University of California at Berkeley's Environmental Design Library, this site lists links to a variety of building codes (including obscure ones) and code organizations.

Code Check
Offers the full Code Check collection of handy flip-book guides to safe codes for plumbing, mechanics and homes.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Codes and Standards online database - important safety information on demand. As part of its commitment to enhancing public safety through the adoption and enforcement of key ANSI codes and standards, NFPA is making all of its codes and standards available for review online by the public.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Online government code database for the ADA includes design standards, enforcement, code certification and new or proposed regulations.