Permits & Inspections

 
This information is being provided to cover the minimum needed information to apply for a Permit to build a structure in Morehouse Parish.  While each structure is unique, these minimum requirements are not meant to be all inclusive, as the Code Department may require additional information as needed to verify the intended structure will meet the minimum requirements of the Louisiana Uniform Construction Codes (LSUCC).
Frequently Asked Questions 
BUILDING CODE DEPARTMENT 
 
City of Bastrop
202 E. Jefferson Avenue
Room #230
Bastrop, LA  71220
Pam Duncan
(318) 283-3353

Frequently Asked Questions... PERMITS

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A PERMIT?


A representative for the homeowner, the design professional, contractor representative must apply in person for a building permit. Customers seeking information in person before applying for a permit may come to the Permit Office in City Hall, 202 E. Jefferson Avenue; Room 230; Bastrop, La 71220




WHAT IS THE PLAN REVIEW PROCESS?


Building plans are reviewed by the Institute of Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) and other departments as necessary. The applicant is required to provide plans that meet the code. Plan review staff might catch a "problem" but it is the applicant's responsibility to resolve the issue. Although not required, some people hire a design professional to provide a complete code complying set of plans.




HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?


Review times vary depending on the complexity of the project and the number of agencies the project has to go through. However, for the typical residential home, plan reviews are complete within 5 business days. For commercial projects, depending upon complexity, it may take up to 10 days. Upon completion of the review and the approval by IBTS, the applicant is advised that the permit is ready for pick-up. If additional information is needed, an IBTS Plan Reviewer will contact you directly.




ARE THEIR ANY TIME LIMITS ON THE PERMIT?


Permits are valid from the day of issuance. Work must begin within 180 days. If work stops for longer than 180 days, a new permit must be requested. Extensions are allowed and may require a fee.




WHAT IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A PERMIT?


1. A valid address from the local 911 office 2. Completed Permit Application 3. Two (2) sets of plans for review (if a commercial project, the Fire Marshall's review must be completed) 4. Health Department Permit/Certificate 5. Payment of Permit Fees 6. Once permit is issued, post the permit & approved plans at job-site





 

Required Inspections List

This is not an all inclusive list, others may be required, and some inspections listed can be combined.  (i.e. item 5 & 6, or may not be required)

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

1. Base Flood Elevation:


If the building site is located in a flood zone, the elevation must be certified by a design professional.




2. Temporary Pole:


In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in article 590.4 of the 2005 NEC, all temporary pole inspections will require that each pole meet the individual requirements of the utility provider which are described in their information bulletins.




3. Pre-pour Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing:


Inspections are conducted before items are covered.




4. Pre-pour Footings and Foundation:


This inspection covers footing location, depth and width; fill, steel and wire mesh installation, vapor barrier, and preliminary grade inspection.




5. Framing/Sheathing:


The inspector will check to make sure the nailing patterns have been followed for both the walls and roof prior to installation of roofing felt or house wrap. You may finish the exterior walls after this inspection. If your plan indicates that interior braced wall(s) are necessary, you will need a sheetrock nailing pattern inspection. All interior framing will also be checked.




6. Rough-In Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Framing:


This inspection is to be performed after all rough-in work is complete on the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems and after the framing is complete but before insulation.




7. Insulation:


The required R-Values are: Wall=R13; Ceiling=R-30; Residential HVAC Ducts=R-6; Floors=R-19 unless the crawl space is not vented to the outside and exposed earth is covered with a continuous vapor retarder which extends at least 6" up the stem wall.




8. Final:


Will be performed after all items pertaining to the building permit have been completed and the structure is ready for occupancy. This inspection will also include a Final Grade Inspection which means that fill and grading shall meet appropriate standards and that the final ditch grade, swales and any culvert(s) are in place.




9. Starting Construction & Inspections


1. Call your Inspector at start of dirt work 2. Make sure your permit placard is posted and the approved plans are on the job-site 3. Work should not be concealed before an inspection is done




10. Request an Inspection


Contact: (318) 283-3353
Hours: 8:00 a.m til 5:00 p.m (business days only)
Inspection requests will be taken throughout the day, but they will be distributed as work, only once a day. If you prefer an a.m. or p.m. inspection, please inform when making your request and it will be taken into consideration.





To request an inspection  
you need to be prepared
to provide the following information when making
the request:
 
1.  Permit type and number
2. Address of project
3. Type of inspection

1. Base Flood Elevation:


If the building site is located in a flood zone, the elevation must be certified by a design professional.




2. Temporary Pole:


In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in article 590.4 of the 2005 NEC, all temporary pole inspections will require that each pole meet the individual requirements of the utility provider which are described in their information bulletins.




3. Pre-pour Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing:


Inspections are conducted before items are covered.




4. Pre-pour Footings and Foundation:


This inspection covers footing location, depth and width; fill, steel and wire mesh installation, vapor barrier, and preliminary grade inspection.




5. Framing/Sheathing:


The inspector will check to make sure the nailing patterns have been followed for both the walls and roof prior to installation of roofing felt or house wrap. You may finish the exterior walls after this inspection. If your plan indicates that interior braced wall(s) are necessary, you will need a sheetrock nailing pattern inspection. All interior framing will also be checked.




6. Rough-In Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Framing:


This inspection is to be performed after all rough-in work is complete on the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems and after the framing is complete but before insulation.




7. Insulation:


The required R-Values are: Wall=R13; Ceiling=R-30; Residential HVAC Ducts=R-6; Floors=R-19 unless the crawl space is not vented to the outside and exposed earth is covered with a continuous vapor retarder which extends at least 6" up the stem wall.




8. Final:


Will be performed after all items pertaining to the building permit have been completed and the structure is ready for occupancy. This inspection will also include a Final Grade Inspection which means that fill and grading shall meet appropriate standards and that the final ditch grade, swales and any culvert(s) are in place.




9. Starting Construction & Inspections


1. Call your Inspector at start of dirt work 2. Make sure your permit placard is posted and the approved plans are on the job-site 3. Work should not be concealed before an inspection is done




10. Request an Inspection


Contact: (318) 283-3353
Hours: 8:00 a.m til 5:00 p.m (business days only)
Inspection requests will be taken throughout the day, but they will be distributed as work, only once a day. If you prefer an a.m. or p.m. inspection, please inform when making your request and it will be taken into consideration.





 

Plan Review Requirements

This information is being provided to cover the minimum needed information to conduct Plan Reviews on structures to be constructed.  While each structure is unique, these minimum requirements are not meant to be all inclusive and the Plan Reviewer may require additional information as needed to verify the intended structure will meet the minimum requirements of the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Codes (LSUCC)

PLAN REVIEW REQUIREMENTS

1. Two (2) sets of the plans are required for each project


One (1) set is to remain at the construction site at all times, one (1) set is for the Permit Department.




2. Plans must be legible and drawn on sheets no smaller than 81/2" X 11"


no other details




3. Plans must be drawn to scale and the scale must be indicated


no other details




4. Indicate the property address and legal description (lot number, block number, subdivision name etc.)


no other details




5. Plans must be drawn to indicate compliance with the LSUCC. They are:





6. Details, depending upon structure design, that will be needed:


A). Site Plan showing a north arrow, property lines, any required setbacks B). Foundation Plan show: Foundation Type and dimensions and spacing (width, height, depth) Foundation Details (rebar locations, PT plans if using) C). Framing Plans showing: Floor Framing (if raised) Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of joists, headers and girders, connection methods and Type/Minimum grade of floor sheathing. Wall Framing Size, type, spacing and span of studs, headers and type of lateral supports. Short-wall bracing details Roof Framing Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of roofing system connection methods to wall and Type/Minimum grade of roof sheathing D). Electrical Details Electrical Panel Box location and amp size Circuit details: visual location of electrical components and types Symbol Legend E). Mechanical Details Show location of supply, return, size and type of HVAC unit F). Plumbing Details Show location of water heaters, sinks, lavatories, water closets, tubs, showers Drain and vent sizes must also be called out G) Energy compliance Indicate floor, walls and ceiling insulation R-Values Indicate window U-Values H). Miscellaneous (mayor may not be required, depending upon structure) Square footage of structure must be listed, heated, garages, porches, decks etc. Truss Engineered plans if using floor or roof trusses All dimensions that are critical to showing compliance with codes are required Finish materials be indiated Label all components (footing, post, beam, rafter, truss, joist, header etc)





 Plan Review Questions? 
Contact: 
Mr. Walters
Louisiana IBTS
3470 Industrial Dr.
Bossier City, La 71112
318-283-3353
 

MANUFACTURED HOMES

PERMIT PROCESS - MANUFACTURED HOMES

1. Two (2) sets of the plans are required for each project


One (1) set is to remain at the construction site at all times, one (1) set is for the Permit Department.




2. Plans must be legible and drawn on sheets no smaller than 81/2" X 11"


no other details




3. Plans must be drawn to scale and the scale must be indicated


no other details




4. Indicate the property address and legal description (lot number, block number, subdivision name etc.)


no other details




5. Plans must be drawn to indicate compliance with the LSUCC. They are:





6. Details, depending upon structure design, that will be needed:


A). Site Plan showing a north arrow, property lines, any required setbacks B). Foundation Plan show: Foundation Type and dimensions and spacing (width, height, depth) Foundation Details (rebar locations, PT plans if using) C). Framing Plans showing: Floor Framing (if raised) Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of joists, headers and girders, connection methods and Type/Minimum grade of floor sheathing. Wall Framing Size, type, spacing and span of studs, headers and type of lateral supports. Short-wall bracing details Roof Framing Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of roofing system connection methods to wall and Type/Minimum grade of roof sheathing D). Electrical Details Electrical Panel Box location and amp size Circuit details: visual location of electrical components and types Symbol Legend E). Mechanical Details Show location of supply, return, size and type of HVAC unit F). Plumbing Details Show location of water heaters, sinks, lavatories, water closets, tubs, showers Drain and vent sizes must also be called out G) Energy compliance Indicate floor, walls and ceiling insulation R-Values Indicate window U-Values H). Miscellaneous (mayor may not be required, depending upon structure) Square footage of structure must be listed, heated, garages, porches, decks etc. Truss Engineered plans if using floor or roof trusses All dimensions that are critical to showing compliance with codes are required Finish materials be indiated Label all components (footing, post, beam, rafter, truss, joist, header etc)





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1. Base Flood Elevation:


If the building site is located in a flood zone, the elevation must be certified by a design professional.




2. Temporary Pole:


In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in article 590.4 of the 2005 NEC, all temporary pole inspections will require that each pole meet the individual requirements of the utility provider which are described in their information bulletins.




3. Pre-pour Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing:


Inspections are conducted before items are covered.




4. Pre-pour Footings and Foundation:


This inspection covers footing location, depth and width; fill, steel and wire mesh installation, vapor barrier, and preliminary grade inspection.




5. Framing/Sheathing:


The inspector will check to make sure the nailing patterns have been followed for both the walls and roof prior to installation of roofing felt or house wrap. You may finish the exterior walls after this inspection. If your plan indicates that interior braced wall(s) are necessary, you will need a sheetrock nailing pattern inspection. All interior framing will also be checked.




6. Rough-In Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Framing:


This inspection is to be performed after all rough-in work is complete on the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems and after the framing is complete but before insulation.




7. Insulation:


The required R-Values are: Wall=R13; Ceiling=R-30; Residential HVAC Ducts=R-6; Floors=R-19 unless the crawl space is not vented to the outside and exposed earth is covered with a continuous vapor retarder which extends at least 6" up the stem wall.




8. Final:


Will be performed after all items pertaining to the building permit have been completed and the structure is ready for occupancy. This inspection will also include a Final Grade Inspection which means that fill and grading shall meet appropriate standards and that the final ditch grade, swales and any culvert(s) are in place.




9. Starting Construction & Inspections


1. Call your Inspector at start of dirt work 2. Make sure your permit placard is posted and the approved plans are on the job-site 3. Work should not be concealed before an inspection is done




10. Request an Inspection


Contact: (318) 283-3353
Hours: 8:00 a.m til 5:00 p.m (business days only)
Inspection requests will be taken throughout the day, but they will be distributed as work, only once a day. If you prefer an a.m. or p.m. inspection, please inform when making your request and it will be taken into consideration.





 

Electric Signs

The Louisiana State Uniform Construction Codes were adopted on January 1, 2007.  Part of those codes is the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC) as published by the National Fire Protection Association.  In order to meet compliance with these codes, all electric signs installed in the Parish will now have to comply with Article 600 of the NEC.

 >  Article 600.1 states, that all installation and equipment used to construct signs as described in Article 600 are covered by this article.

 
> Article 600.3 states that all electric signs, fixed, mobile or permanent, shall be listed and installed according to the listing instructions, unless special permission is otherwise approved by the Building Official.

Cafe sign

The remainder of Article 600 discusses the actual construction of the signs which is monitored by the listing agency on a regular basis.  These construction details are not designed for the Building Official to use as a "inspection guide".  This is to be done by the Listing agency.

Effective January 1, 2008, all signs installed in City of Bastrop will require permits for installation.  Also, all signs installed are required to be listed by a National Recognized Testing Laboratory.

1. Two (2) sets of the plans are required for each project


One (1) set is to remain at the construction site at all times, one (1) set is for the Permit Department.




2. Plans must be legible and drawn on sheets no smaller than 81/2" X 11"


no other details




3. Plans must be drawn to scale and the scale must be indicated


no other details




4. Indicate the property address and legal description (lot number, block number, subdivision name etc.)


no other details




5. Plans must be drawn to indicate compliance with the LSUCC. They are:





6. Details, depending upon structure design, that will be needed:


A). Site Plan showing a north arrow, property lines, any required setbacks B). Foundation Plan show: Foundation Type and dimensions and spacing (width, height, depth) Foundation Details (rebar locations, PT plans if using) C). Framing Plans showing: Floor Framing (if raised) Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of joists, headers and girders, connection methods and Type/Minimum grade of floor sheathing. Wall Framing Size, type, spacing and span of studs, headers and type of lateral supports. Short-wall bracing details Roof Framing Live loads being supported, size, type, spacing & span of roofing system connection methods to wall and Type/Minimum grade of roof sheathing D). Electrical Details Electrical Panel Box location and amp size Circuit details: visual location of electrical components and types Symbol Legend E). Mechanical Details Show location of supply, return, size and type of HVAC unit F). Plumbing Details Show location of water heaters, sinks, lavatories, water closets, tubs, showers Drain and vent sizes must also be called out G) Energy compliance Indicate floor, walls and ceiling insulation R-Values Indicate window U-Values H). Miscellaneous (mayor may not be required, depending upon structure) Square footage of structure must be listed, heated, garages, porches, decks etc. Truss Engineered plans if using floor or roof trusses All dimensions that are critical to showing compliance with codes are required Finish materials be indiated Label all components (footing, post, beam, rafter, truss, joist, header etc)





Electric Sign Questions?
Contact: 
Mr. Walters
Louisiana IBTS
3470 Industrial Dr.
Bossier City, La 71112
318-283-3353
 

PERMIT COSTS

Permit Costs

Residential Electrical Permits..............$150.00
Commercial Electrical Permits............$250.00
Mobile Home Permits............................$325.00
Information Needed:
1.  Size of Trailer
2. Make and Model
3. HUB Number and Serial Number
Sewer Taps: 
Contact: Pam Duncan  (318) 283-3353
Prices vary by size
 

Storage Buildings

Alert to Public:

STORAGE BUILDINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE PUT ON YOUR LAND TO LIVE IN.  THEY ARE NOT MADE TO LIVE IN.

Larry Walters,

Institute for Building

Technology and Safety

(318) 334-2955