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Code amendments regarding the life of building and other permits effective May 7, 2021

Public Notice
City Council adopted City Code amendments relating to permit extensions, abandonment, expiration, reactivations and voiding. The amendments apply to building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and sign permits, as well as amendments specific to wireless facility permits.

An overview of the adopted ordinance

The ordinance:

  • Amends the City Code chapters for building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and sign permits.
  • Clarifies when permits are abandoned or expired, when BDS will extend permit applications and issued permits, when BDS will reactivate abandoned or expired permits, and when applications or permits become void, to be consistent with State building codes, current BDS practices, and the adopted Program Guide for the life of a permit.
  • Limits the time within which an applicant for a wireless facility permit has to get the permit application issued and the project complete.

A program guide specific to wireless facility permits that clarifies when BDS will extend permit applications and issued permits, and when applications or permits become void, consistent with the adopted City Code, State building codes and FCC requirements, will be issued by July 1, 2021. Contact Nancy Thorington at for more information on that developing program guide.