Building Permits - Commercial

Work Requiring a Permit

  • Backflow
  • Pools/Spas
  • Electrical
  • Irrigation
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Grading
  • Accessory Buildings
  • Remodels/Additions to Building

Plans Needed Upon Submittal

  • Site Plan
  • Building Plan Set
  • Drainage/Grading Plans
  • Wall Bracing Plans
  • Engineered Foundation Plans
  • Tree Conservation/Mitigation Plans
  • Energy Compliance Report
  • Landscape Plans

W3.CSCommercial Permit Process

1. Pre-Application Meeting

  • Depending on the size and scope of the project a pre-application meeting may be required prior to applicant submittal
  • This gives the opportunity to for Town Staff to ask questions as well as the applicant to ask questions on permit processing and other requirements that may pertain to a specific project.
  • This meeting should be scheduled at least 3 days in advanced by the Development Coordinator.

2. Applicant Submittal

  • All submittals require a completed permit application that lists:
    • Address, Legal Description, Owner, Contractor, Subcontractors, Valuation of the Project, Square Footage
    • All contractors and subcontractors must be registered with the Town of Westlake
    • Plans must be submitted in person with a complete application and plan review fees.
    • Plans submitted by courier will not be accepted and sent back.
  • All submittals shall be accompanied with the number of copies in this table
  • All submittals must have a digital set accompanied with the hard copies of the plans
  • A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal
  • Plans will be reviewed within 20 days at the time of submittal

3. Staff Review and Comments

  • Staff may find inaccuracies, errors, omissions, or other issues with the submitted plans
  • Staff will reach out to the applicant to fix any underlying problems with the original submittal

4. Applicant Resubmittal

  • If revisions are necessary, the applicant must resubmit their plans addressing the comments
  • Resubmittal of plans should follow the same number of copies in the table above, unless addressed other in the staff comments
  • The applicant should only resubmit once ALL comments have been satisfied

5. Subsequent Reviews

  • Staff will review the resubmittal to ensure that all comments have been satisfied
  • If all comments have NOT been addressed, the plans will not be approved and the applicant must resubmit again
  • If all comments HAVE been addressed the plans will be stamped and signed by the Chief Building Official

6. Issue of Permit

  • Applicant will be notified of the remaining permit fees and that permits are ready to be picked up at the Town Hall by the Permit Technician.
  • Depending on the size, scope, and type of project the Building Official may schedule a pre-construction meeting with the contractor.
  • Once all fees are paid, the permit will be issued to the applicant
  • Permits are valid for a period of 180 days at the time of issuance and will terminate if construction progress has not occurred within the 180 days

7. Inspections

  • Applicants can choose one of the following ways to request an inspection:
  • For more information on requesting inspections click here.

8. Certificate of Occupancy

  • At the end of a project the Chief Building Official will "Final" the project
  • It is at this point that the owner must fill out a Certificate of Occupancy Application and pay the appropriate fees
  • The Chief Building Official will review the application and create a Certificate of Occupancy based on the information filled out from the application
  • Upon issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, the building may be occupied