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The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners approved the adoption of the 2018 International Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Energy Conservation and Fire Codes with amendments on Nov. 12, 2019.  The adopted codes will become effective on Jan. 1, 2020.  

The Douglas County Building Division issues Building Permits for unincorporated areas of Douglas County.  Building permits authorize the performance of a specified activity and allow the Building Official to protect the occupants of buildings by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. The Building Division also reviews construction documents and issue permits for the installation and alteration of buildings and structures, inspect the premises for permits that have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of the adopted Code.

The County’s Contractor Registration Program requires contractors applying for permits to be registered. All State issued electrical and plumbing contractors and company masters licensing are verified through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) prior to the issuance of a permit. If there is a contractor change during construction, Douglas County shall be notified, and the permit will be moved into a “Suspended” status until a new contractor is selected and registered.  Douglas County inspectors will conduct random on-site inspections to verify current licenses and appropriate licensed installer-to-apprentice ratios. Inspectors may report any violations to the State Board.  

Applications may be submitted in person to the Douglas County Building Division, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the exception of holidays. Applications received after 4 p.m. will be post-dated to the following business day.  View associated building fees.

Have a specific project?  Review submittal requirements for your project below: