Building Inspection Process

The inspection process varies depending on land use and zoning regulations, but at its core, it requires individuals to file a building permit and proceed through the necessary steps outlined in the chapter. All inquiries about anything related to construction, regulations, and approval should be directed to the City of Monroe Building Inspector. 

Applying for a Building Permit

One can apply for a building permit here or at City Hall. This applications has to be approved by Building Inspector. The normal processing time is 5 days and expedited processing is 2 days for an extra fee. This permit is good for two years. Any future change to any part of the plan has to be submitted to, and approved by, the Building Inspector. Additionally, the inspector must have access to the construction site until construction is complete.

  • To be approved the applicant must:
    • Meet requirements of the Building Inspector for both the City Code and City Zoning Code.
    • Post a permit card during construction.

The following are the steps for applying for a permit online:

  • Go to
  • Select Building Inspection/Zoning from the Department drop down box.
  • Select Building Permit Application.
    • Submit one application per project.
    • List all contractors and sub-contractors on the form.
    • Include all necessary license numbers (business and individual).
    • To avoid any unnecessary delays, ensure the form is filled out completely and accurately.
    • All fees associated with the project will be charged and collected at one time.
    • Additional documentation such as plans and specifications may be required for your project.
  • Work shall not begin until all required plans, calculations and fees have been submitted.
    • Plans can be delivered to City Hall or emailed to the City Building Inspector.
  • Fees can be paid at City Hall or mailed to City Hall.
    • Acceptable payments include: case, check, or credit card.
Progress Inspection

The following are the types of inspections that will be completed when a project is in process:

  • Erosion control inspection
  • Foundation footing and excavation inspection
  • Foundation reinforcement inspection
  • Foundation inspection
  • Rough inspection:
    • General construction, including framing
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
  • Insulation inspection
To schedule an inspection contact the Building Inspector.
Final Inspection

All buildings, structures or additions and alterations shall have final inspection upon completion and before occupancy. The Building Inspector conducts plan examinations for buildings and structures if the plans are for:

  • A new building or structure containing less than 50,000 cubic feet of total volume.
  • An addition to building or structure where the area of the addition results in the entire building or structure containing less than 50,000 cubic feet of total volume.
  • An addition to a building or structure containing no more than 2,500 square feet of total floor area and no more than one floor level, provided the largest roof span does not exceed 18 feet and the exterior wall height does not exceed 12 feet.
  • An alteration of a space involving less than 100,000 cubic feet of total volume.
A Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Building Inspector if there is new construction or a change of use.

Demolition requires a permit from the Building Inspector. The roof and upper stories shall be taken down first and the site needs to be properly cleared.