Building Permits & Inspections

March 24, 2020 Building Permit / Inspection Process

Application Submission

Complete the appropriate permit application and have it printed before arrival (click here for the application forms). Either wrap or attached the completed application to two sets of plans and place them in the designated bin located in the lobby at the Municipal Center. An addendum or revision should be marked with the address of work and best contact attached to the plans.


Town & Country has temporarily cancelled inspections on all occupied buildings (residences, commercial, office buildings, etc)  for the time being.

In an emergency situation where the Planning & Public Works Inspection staff is unavailable to make an inspection for work under an approved, the following procedure shall be followed.

For inspections on non-occupied buildings / detached / accessory structures please call 314-587-2820. Please note it may take up to at least 48 hours to schedule an inspection due to reduced staffing.

If you have any questions please call 314-587-2820.

Effective February 1, 2018 Town & Country will be updating to the 2015 International Building Codes

Town and Country will be updating the building codes from the current 2012 codes to the 2015 codes as of Thursday, February 1, 2018. The Building Code helps ensure safety by regulating construction materials and techniques, updating the City's Code will allow for new materials, technologies, and products implemented in the new codes. 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.

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

Questions regarding these Codes can be directed to the Planning and Public Works Department at (314) 587-2820.

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

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.

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.

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.