Building Permits & Inspections

Effective July 1, 2016 Town & Country will be updating fire permit fees

Town and Country has updated the fire permit fees. If you have any questions please contact Laura Lowell in the Planning and Public Works Department at (314) 587-2820. Please note the building permit fees will remain the same.

Building Permit Fees

  • $30.00 for the first $1,000 valuation
  • $5.00 for each additional $1,000 valuation
  • $60.00 per inspection

Fire Permit Fees

  • Residential: $50 + 1.75 / $1,000 valuation
  • Commercial: $100 + 3.75 / $1,000 valuation

Effective October 13, 2014 Town & Country will be updating to the 2012 International Building Codes

The Building Code helps ensure safety by regulating construction materials and techniques, updating the City's Code will allow builders to use advances that have been made in the nine years since the last update. The City will be updating the building codes from the current 2003 to 2012 as of Monday, October 13, 2014. This will affect residential, building, fire and mechanical permits that are issued by Town and Country. Electrical and plumbing permits will still be issued by St. Louis County. Click below to view Town and Country's amendments to these codes.

A building permit is required from the City for new residential and commercial structures, additions, renovations, basement finishes, fireplaces, heating and air conditioning systems and replacements, retaining walls, porches, decks, swimming pools, solar systems, and any structure requiring piers, footings, framing, beams or roofs.

*Please not that inspections fees will be increased to $60 per inspection.

You may purchase copies of the International Codes from the following organization:

American Institute of Architects
911 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 231-4252

The City provides building and mechanical inspections as part of our construction permitting process. Call the Planning Department at (314) 587-2820 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your inspection.

Have ready your building permit number, address of work, type of inspection, name and telephone number when you call.

Inspections must be performed in the order shown on the inspection card.

Electrical & Plumbing Permit
Electrical and plumbing permits must be obtained from St. Louis County. Town and Country issues building and mechanical permits only.

St. Louis County can be contacted at (314) 615-5000. Choose option 6 for permits.

Building Permit Process

The City of Town and Country reviews and issues applications for building, mechanical and fire* permits. All electrical and plumbing permits are issued through St. Louis County's Public Works Department. 

*The following addresses are serviced by Creve Coeur Fire Protection District: 12855 N. Forty Drive, 12935 N. Forty Drive, 12977 N. Forty Drive, and Mason Ridge Center Drive. After City approval, two set of plans will need to be submitted for review to Creve Coeur Fire Protection District located at 11221 Olive Blvd. For fire related questions or inspections, please call them at (314) 432-5570.

To expedite review of your permit application, please be sure to submit all of the following to the Development Office at the Town and Country Municipal Center:

Complete, signed Application for Building Permit

Two sets of Building Plans. Each set must have:
1) Seal and signature of Missouri registered architect or engineer.
2) Two sets of HVAC plans and/or truss plans, if applicable.
3) Indication of contact with subdivision trustees for plans affecting the exterior of a residence.
4) Two site plans, if applicable, drawn to scale with correct dimensions and angles, based on and including a current survey signed and sealed by a land surveyor, and containing the information set out in the Code. For new impervious additions, water-runoff calculations and green-space calculations will be required as well.

Application for Occupancy Permit ($50.00 fee) for new construction, commercial space changes, commercial business name changes and all previously unoccupied space.

If your building permit application is incomplete or does not comply with City codes, staff will discuss necessary changes or additions with you.