The Building and Safety public counter is open for appointments only. Please call 402-441-7882 to request an appointment regarding Residential or Commercial Building permits.

Online Application Process

Online application submissions for the following application types are available through the Citizen Access portal at https://permits.lincoln.ne.gov/CitizenAccess/ or from the City of Lincoln home page using Search by Keyword: Citizen

  • Commercial Building
  • Residential Building
  • Window Replacement
  • Licensed Mechanical
  • Licensed Plumbing
  • Excavation
  • Plumbing Single Fixture
  • Licensed Electrical
  • Non-Licensed Mechanical
  • Non-Licensed Plumbing
  • Non-Licensed Electrical


For New Residential Dwellings through Citizen Access please be prepared to upload the following plans, Applications, or Forms:


For Residential Dwelling Additions through Citizen Access please be prepared to upload the following Plans, Applications, or Forms:

  • Site Plan
  • Plans including -
    • Footings and Foundation Plan
    • Floor Plans
    • Elevations
    • Wall Section
    • Window Schedule

For Residential Dwelling Alterations through Citizen Access please be prepared to upload the following Plans, Applications, or Forms:

  • Floor Plans

For Residential Accessory Buildings or Structures submissions please contact the Plan Review Section at 402-441-7882 for further instructions.


For New Commercial Buildings and Additions through Citizen Access please be prepared to upload the following Plans, Applications, or Forms:


For Commercial Building Alteration through Citizen Access please be prepared to upload the following Plans, Applications, or Forms:


For all other permit types please contact the Building and Safety Department at 402-441-7521 between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM for detailed instructions.


Please Note:

  • All documents required for electronic submissions through Citizen Access are required to be PDFs and be less than 30MB file size. PDF files larger than 30MB need to be separated into multiple files smaller that 30MB or you can contact the Plan Review Section at 402-441-7882 for other options.
  • Once your application has been reviewed and permit fees assessed, someone from the Building and Safety Department will contact you regarding next steps. Please call Plan Review at 402-441-7882 if you have questions on the electronic submission of Commercial or Residential Building Permit Applications.
  • All fees can be paid online using a credit card through the Citizen Access portal.

Online Submittal File Naming Requirements

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Each electronic file uploaded as part of an online building permit application should follow the file naming requirements shown in the table below. In the table below, “Address” refers to the site address of the proposed construction. If an address is not currently assigned to a property, please contact the Building and Safety Plan Review section to establish the address. A site plan and legal description will be required to establish a new address. Electronic files that do not meet these requirements will result in a failed prescreen review and will need to be resubmitted with the proper file names.

Applications & Forms Electronic File Name
All Electronic Applications/Forms Address-form type.pdf
Examples
Curb Cut Application 14265CastleDr-CurbCut.pdf
Neb. Energy Code Certification 14060ConundrumSt-EnergyCert.pdf
Commercial Plan Sets > 20 Sheets – Multiple eFiles Page # Prefix Electronic File Name Additional Comments
General Plans G Address-General-Plans.pdf General Notes, Cover Sheet, Index Sheet, etc.
Civil Plans C Address-Civil-Plans.pdf Site Plan, Grading, Landscape, Paving, etc.
Erosion Control Plans ES Address-ES-Plans.pdf
Life Safety/Egress Plans LS Address-LS-Plans.pdf
Demolition Plans D Address-Demo-Plans.pdf
Architectural Plans A Address-Arch-Plans.pdf
Structural Plans S Address-Struct-Plans.pdf
Electrical Plans E Address-Elec-Plans.pdf
Plumbing Plans P Address-Plbg-Plans.pdf
Mechanical Plans M Address-Mech-Plans.pdf
Outdoor Lighting Plans OL Address-OL-Plans.pdf
Examples
Civil Plan Set 14229ShavanoBlvd-Civil-Plans.pdf
Architectural Plan Set 14155TabeguachePkwy-Arch-Plans.pdf
Residential and Commercial Plan Sets < 20 Sheets – Single eFile Sheet # Prefix Electronic File Name
Single Electronic File Plan Set See Above Address-PlanSet.pdf
Examples
Residential Building Permit 14255LongsPeakLn-PlanSet.pdf
Comm Bldg. Permit < 20 Sheets 14005MtHolyCrossDr-PlanSet.pdf

All plans must be drawn to scale, and each sheet should indicate what scale was used. When more than one scale is used on a sheet for multiple details, independent graphic scales must accompany each detail.

Each sheet in a plan set must have a space reserved for City approval stamps that measures 4”x4” and is generally located at the lower right corner of each sheet.