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Building Permits:

Do I Need A Residential Building Permit?

  • Any owner or owner's agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, repair, remove, convert or replace any gas or mechanical system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or cause such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
  • Work exempt from obtaining building permits include:
  1. accessory structures no greater than 120sf;
  2. fences 7 feet tall or under;
  3. retaining walls not over 4 feet high with conditions;
  4. water tanks supported directly on grade under 5000 gals in size;
  5. open decks not exceeding 200sf in size or greater than 30 inches above ground;
  6. roofs over unenclosed porches 60 sf in size or less;
  7. window or door replacement where the rough opening is not altered and the means of egress not reduced;
  8. replacement of exterior wall siding or
  9. state owned properties.

NOTE: All set-back requirements must be met with or without building permits.

  • Permits for electrical or plumbing work are obtained through the State.
  • The various building permit types are accessed below:
General Building Permit -
Building Permit Fee Schedule
Manufactured Steel Carport Permit
Mobile Home Relocation Permit

Mobile homes require a permit whether they are being moved into town or from place to place within the city limits.

  • HUD Requirements - for new previously unsited mobile home units, a HUD inspection must be performed by a licensed mobile home inspector.  All information is found on link attached
Site Development Permit Application
Sedimentation and Erosion Control
  • As a result of excavation, grading and construction processes or other human activities, soils is prone to erosion by wind and water.  This eroded soil endangers water resources by reducing water quality, increasing water-born pollutants and causes the siltation of aquatic habitats for fish and other desirable species, and oftentimes adversely affects streets, rights of ways and neighboring properties via inundation of increased and/or concentrated storm water runoff.  
  • The Purpose of this regulation is to safeguard persons, protect property, safeguard natural drainage and waterways, to prevent damage to the environment and promote public welfare by guiding, regulating and controlling the design, construction, use and maintenance of any development or other activity which disturbs or breaks the topsoil or results in the movement of earth on land within the jurisdiction of the City of Hot Springs.
  • Click here for access to Title XV: Land Usage, Chapter 152: Erosion and Sediment Control - The Sedimentation & Erosion Control Ordinance
Excavation Permit & Water/Sewer Tap
Sidewalk and Curb Cut Application for Driveways
Demolition Permit
Roofing Permit