Building Permits

COVID-19 UPDATE

Please take notice that the City of Jackson Building Permits Office will be substantially limiting operations. Our offices are no longer open to the public. We will be working to quickly stand-up remote services so that we can return to more expanded operations by the week of April 13.

During this time we request that only emergency inspections be called in at 601-960–1155. Inspections are suspended with exception of life safety related requests. Permits, plans, applications etc. can still be submitted via regular mail or by emailing permits@jacksonms.gov. Our response may be slower than normal, and we ask that you be patient while we move forward.

For those wishing to complete projects during this time we are allowing for third party inspections. The third party inspector must be approved in writing via permits@jacksonms.gov. Third party requests must include the inspectors qualifying credentials and should be at a minimum a ICC certified inspector in the area they are offering services, or a MS licensed engineer or architect. Request should also include a sample copy of the third-party inspectors form for inspection. Do not proceed without having the inspector approved.

Responsibilities of the Building Permit Division

The Building Permits Division is responsible for accepting and reviewing permit applications and plans, issuing permits and certificates of occupancy, performing inspections, and abatement of unsafe nonresidential buildings.

This division also prepares and maintains records and correspondence, investigates citizen complaints and reviews citizen requests for new or brighter street lights.

Permit Requirements
The Building Permit Office issues construction permits, demolition and sign permits. A permit is required whenever an owner or the owner’s authorized agent (usually a contractor) propose to:

  • Construct
  • Enlarge
  • Repair
  • Move
  • Demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, including:
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Gas
    • Heating and air conditioning
    • Fire sprinkler and fire extinguishing systems
    • Signs
    • Elevators
    • Incinerators
    • Furnaces or boilers

A permit is also required for fences, tents satellite dishes or portable storage buildings.

The permit system protects the owner, the contractor, and the city. Permits help to protect property values and can be required in an insurance claim. Permits also help to insure that all buildings and structures constructed or altered in the city meets certain minimum standards, as established by city codes.

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