Residential Construction

A Residential Building Permit is required for most building-related projects inside City limits and is regulated by the International Residential Code 2018, 2017 National Electric Code, and Carthage City Code. This includes, but is not limited to, new construction, additions, garages, porches, decks, swimming pools, and any changes in the use of space or the finishing of unfinished space, such as a basement.

Work that is exempt from a permit includes painting, wallpapering, flooring, kitchen cabinets, the installation of replacement windows (if no changes are made to existing framing), and minor repairs.

Who Can Apply for a Residential Building Permit?

  • Owner of the property

  • A Contractor with a current City Contractor's License
    (Note: Contractor Licenses are issued at the Public Works Department)

Permit Holder's Responsibilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of codes

  • Obtaining permits when required

  • Compliance with codes and ordinances

  • Calling for inspections Correcting any violations noted by Building Inspector and calling for re-inspections.

Required Residential Building Permit Details

  • Proof of Ownership

  • Site Plan with all setbacks noted

  • Foundation Details

  • Wall Section Details

  • Floor Plan

  • Plumbing Plan

  • Electrical Plan

If you have additional questions, contact the Public Works Department by calling 417-237-7010 and discuss your project with a Building Inspector. Remember, failure to obtain a permit before starting a project that requires a permit is a violation of City ordinances and may result in a fine.