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

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





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

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





 

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. Obtain 911 Address


Please consult 911 addressing office at 318-281-1636, located at 630 E. Jefferson Ave, Bastrop, LA. The Health Unit will also require a valid 911 address before processing your application.




2. Obtain Sewer Treatment Permit


The Health Unit will provide temporary sanitation letter. They are located at Morehouse Parish Health Unit. Contact: Mrs. Stokes 318-283-0806




3. File Permit Application at the Building Department


You will need the following items to complete the permitting process: Legal Description of property, Temporary Sanitation Letter, Completed Permit Application, the installers Permit Sticker Number and payment of fees.




4. Installation Requirements and Standards


Manufactured homes shall be installed by installer certified by Louisiana State Manufactured Housing Commission. For a list of certified installers, please contact Louisiana State Manufactured Housing Commission at 225-342-2943 or visit their website: www.lmhc.louisiana.gov.




5. Wind Ratings


All manufactured homes installed in the Parish are required by federal regulations to meet Zone 1. Zone 2 & 3 manufactured homes are built to a stricter code and are therefore allowed in the Parish. The data plate on the manufactured home should indicate the wind zone. Please consult your manufactured home vendor for clarification if necessary.




6. State Setup Inspections


Setup inspections are conducted by the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Commission. Please contact your regional state inspector at 225-295-8500 with questions.




7. Local Building Official Inspections


Electrical Utility Connections Electrical service connections, service entrance conductors, burial depth and means of grounding, among other things. All electrical utility connections must meet the 005.NEC. Also, please consult your utility company for any additional requirements. Plumbing connections Sewer and water connections made properly and buried to proper depth. Mechanical Connections Condenser unit set on proper foundation, duct work is properly supported, electrical disconnect is within site of unit or has the proper lock-out device. Health Unit Final approval is required. Please consult the Health Unit at (318) 283-0806. A certificate of occupancy will not be issued until the Health Unit issues a final approval.




8. Flood Plain Construction


When you come in for your permit, the E911 addressing office will advise you whether or not your property is in a flood hazard area based on the current Flood Insurance Rate Map. If your property is in the flood plain there are special requirements for the placement of the home and a certificate must be provided by a surveyor.




9. Certificate of Occupancy


A certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required prior to moving into your home. The CO is issued by the building department upon completion of all inspections and submittal of all required documents mentioned above. To obtain a C. of O., all of the above requirements must be met and the two documents listed below must also be provided.




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.





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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 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.

WHAT IS REQUIRED?


1. Come to City Hall to City Permit Clerk's Office and obtain an Electric Sign Permit 2. You must notify the Inspection Office the day the sign will be installed and an Electrical Inspector will conduct the required inspection and verify the listed sign is being installed according to the NEC and the manufacturer's installation instructions.





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