Building Permits

Welcome! Congratulations on your upcoming project. We are excited to help you make this process as easy as possible. On this page you will find information on how to submit an application for a building permit, a list of fees associated with the permit process and more.

How to Obtain a Building Permit


Follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to obtain your building permit. If you have any questions along the way please call the Code Enforcement office at 304-284-7401.
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Does Your Project Require A Building Permit?



Most construction projects in the City of Morgantown require a permit; however, there are exceptions. Below is a list of common projects that require a permit. If you're still unsure if you need a permit call the Code Enforcement office at 304-284-7401 or stop by in person. 

Projects That Usually Require Permits:

    • New Buildings
    • Additions
    • Residential Work (decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
    • Renovations (garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
    • Electrical systems
    • Plumbing systems
    • Installing electrical outlets
    • Replacing windows
    • HVAC (heating, ventilating, air-conditioning) systems
    • Remodeling kitchens or bathrooms
    • Installing a pool, spa, or hot tub
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Building Permit Fees


The inspection fee established by this section shall be paid to the city, at the Finance Department, upon filing a request for inspection in the Building Inspection Department.

All applications for electrical inspection service are to be made in writing on forms provided by the city. Such applications shall be filed at least 24 hours before the inspection is made.
Application/Service Type Fee
Certificate of Occupancy $15
Plan Review (Additions/Garages) $50
Plan Review (Repair/Remodel) $50
Plan Review (Deck Construction) $50
Plan Review (New Construction-Commerical) $1,200
Plan Review (New Construction - Residential) $750
Building Permit (Additions) $68 x .0025 x sq ft
Building Permit (Garages) $35 x .0025 x sq ft
Building Permit (Repair/Remodel) $40 for construction value up to $1,000 plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of construction value.
Building Permit (New Construction-Commerical) $131 x .0025 x sq ft
Building Permit (New Construction - Residential) $85 x .0025 x sq ft
Miscellaneous Building Permits $50
Electrical Permit $60 for construction value up to $5,000 plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of construction value.
Fence Permit Included in Repair/Remodel Permit fee
Deck Permit Included in Repair/Remodel Permit fee
Accessory Structure Permit Included in Repair/Remodel Permit fee