What are permits?
Permits are the way the City of El Dorado regulates construction. The purpose of this regulation is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare through affordability, structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, light and ventilation, energy conservation and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

Permits help to ensure that all construction within the City of El Dorado is built in accordance with the codes the city has adopted. In addition to locally adopted codes, there are state and federal laws that govern construction.

There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction. Individual permits must be obtained for electrical and plumbing work and sprinkler systems. Combination permits can be obtained for any of the following:
  • All Types of General Building
  • Demolition
  • Fencing
  • Roofing
  • Swimming Pools

Permits should be obtained before any work on the project takes place. In order to obtain the necessary permits there are a few requirements. All construction, other than interior remodels and exterior repairs, must be shown on a site plan of the property. This site plan should be dimensioned and show the location of property lines, location of existing structures and location of new construction. For new construction and additions, floor plans, foundation plans, and elevation views must be submitted as well. In general, residential design can be done by the homeowner or builder and commercial design must be done by a licensed architect accompanied by drawings from structural, electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers.

Once the plans are approved, the project must be built to those plans. Any proposed changes to the plans must be submitted to the building official in writing and must be approved before any changes are made to the plans.

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1. What are permits?
2. When is a permit required?
3. When is a permit not required?
4. Who is responsible for obtaining permits?
5. Where are permits issued and how long does it take?