Residential Permits

New Construction Inside City Limits

When applying for a permit, you must submit the following documents:

Building Plans Checklist

Building Requirements and Forms

Building Permit

You must obtain a permit for the erecting, constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, improving, removing, converting, moving, or demolishing any residential structure or a portion within the structure.

Curb Cut

A curb cut is a break in a curb allowing access from the roadway and across the sidewalk to a legal parking space within the property line.

Demolition Permit

You must obtain permits for the demolition of an existing structure. A qualified demolition contractor must file a Demolition Permit Application at Building and Safety for the demolition of all or part of an existing structure. Commercial demolition requires licensed contractor. A home owner may remove their own structure.

Electrical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Impact Fee

Impact fees are charges levied against new construction, changes in land use, or an increase in water meter size to help generate revenue to build new infrastructure needed because of development. The fees are paid at the time of the building permit.

For more information about Impact Fees and incentives please visit the City of Lincoln's Impact Fee website.

Mechanical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Nebraska Energy Code Certification Form

Energy codes and standards set minimum requirements for energy-efficient design and construction for new and renovated buildings that impact energy use and emissions for the life of the building. They are part of the overall building codes, which govern the design and construction of buildings.

ResCheck: the required Residential Check Report

NOI/SWPPP

For Construction Activity on individual lots that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale, applicants for building permits must:

  • Provide the Construction Stormwater Permit number for the development if the building phase of development for individual lots is covered under one Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that is submitted by and under the control of the developer.

OR

  • Submit two copies of a Notice of Intent (NOI) and SWPPP, including a site plan, for the individual lot on the form provided by the City. Submission of this form supercedes any prior NOI and SWPPP for the lot indicated in the application and the applicant assumes sole responsibility for the building phase of development for this lot.

For more information visit the City of Lincoln's Watershed Management website.

Plumbing Permit
  • Plumbing Permit - Contractor*

    The submittal of all commercial plumbing documents should include a review of the plumbing section. Any portion of the plumbing section that is applicable to your project should be checked, completed and thorough information for that item shall be supplied.

  • Plumbing Permit - Homeowner

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Wastewater / Sewer

Sanitary Sewer Tap Application is for permitting the opening into the sanitary sewer main to make the connection between the sanitary sewer from the end of the sanitary drain to its point of connection to the public sanitary sewer.

Contact the City's Public Works and Utilities Department to determine availability of sanitary sewer service to the property.

402-441-7534 - New Service Permit Technician

Water

Water Tap Application is for making the opening into the main for the purpose of installing the supply connection.

Contact the City's Public Works and Utilities Department to determine availability of water service to the property.

402-441-7534 - New Service Permit Technician

Safety first

For your safety, your family's safety, and the safety of future occupants - and to avoid expensive mistakes - do not perform any work that is beyond your skill level.

New Construction Outside City Limits

When applying for a permit, you must submit the following documents:

Building Plans Checklist

Building Requirements and Forms

Building Permit

You must obtain a permit for the erecting, constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, improving, removing, converting, moving, or demolishing any residential structure or a portion within the structure.

Driveway Permit

Driveway Permits are required for any access to a Lancaster County road. Applicants must provide the property legal description and are asked to locate the driveway with two wire flags. County Engineering staff will inspect the location for sight distance and drainage requirements. There is no charge for this permit. Review of this permit may take approximately 10 working days - weather permitting. Applicants must come to the Lancaster County Engineer's office to apply.

Electrical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Mechanical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Nebraska Energy Code Certification Form

Energy codes and standards set minimum requirements for energy-efficient design and construction for new and renovated buildings that impact energy use and emissions for the life of the building. They are part of the overall building codes, which govern the design and construction of buildings.

ResCheck: the required Residential Check Report

Plumbing Permit
  • Plumbing Permit - Contractor*

    The submittal of all commercial plumbing documents should include a review of the plumbing section. Any portion of the plumbing section that is applicable to your project should be checked, completed and thorough information for that item shall be supplied.

  • Plumbing Permit - Homeowner

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Wastewater / Sewer

Outside City Limits: If your proposed property is outside city limits, contact a certified on-site wastewater contractor to determine the appropriate septic system for the soil type on the property.

Some recommended resources:

For more information on well and septic systems outside city limits, contact John Chess at 402-441-8027

Water

Outside city Limits: Potable Water

Availability of potable water will need to be determined. Some recommended resources:

Safety first

For your safety, your family's safety, and the safety of future occupants - and to avoid expensive mistakes - do not perform any work that is beyond your skill level.

Building Requirements and Forms

Remodel

Building Permit

You must obtain a permit for the erecting, constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, improving, removing, converting, moving, or demolishing any residential structure or a portion within the structure.

Electrical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Mechanical Permit

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Plumbing Permit
  • Plumbing Permit - Contractor*

    The submittal of all commercial plumbing documents should include a review of the plumbing section. Any portion of the plumbing section that is applicable to your project should be checked, completed and thorough information for that item shall be supplied.

  • Plumbing Permit - Homeowner

* This permit must be acquired by licensed contractors.

Safety first

For your safety, your family's safety, and the safety of future occupants - and to avoid expensive mistakes - do not perform any work that is beyond your skill level.