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Please Note :
Current Permit Applications and Permit record data may be found using the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

What Are The Current Codes?


  • 2018  International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2018  International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2018  International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018  International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2018  International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2018  International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

Note:   Plumbing and Electrical codes are inspected and enforced by the State of North Dakota Plumbing and Electrical boards.

What Are the Required Design Criteria?

• Frost Depth – 48”
• Elevation – ±2400’
• Roof Snow load – 21 psf
• Ground Snow Load 30
• Ultimate Design Wind Speed – 115 mph, Surface Roughness C
• Seismic Design Category – A
• Air Freezing Index – 4000
• Mean Annual Temperature – 40 F
• Ice Barrier Underlayment Required – Yes
• Winter Design Temp -  Neg. 21 F

GEO-TECHNICAL: Calculations for footings shall include the presumptive load bearing values contained in IBC Table 1806.2.  Where vertical pressure values greater than 1500 psf are used, a geo-technical report shall be provided to verify that the values are justified

Building Department Inspections

Inspections are a required part of the permitting process. It is the responsibility of the permit holder: whether applicant, owner, or licensed contractor to notify the City when any such inspections need to be performed. Inspection appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. To schedule an inspection or for questions regarding the inspection process or whether a particular inspection is required, please directly contact City Building Inspector using the information provided at the top of this page.

The following is a general list of building inspections performed by the City Building Inspector:

• Excavation
• Footings / Piers
• Foundation Walls / Re-Bar / Damp Proofing
• Framing
• Sheathing: Nailing/Shear-walls
• Roof / Ice & Water Barrier
• Insulation / Frost-proofing
• Deck / Patio Construction
• Firewall / Fire Separation
• Fire Caulking
• Fire Protection / Sprinkler / Alarm Systems
• Stairs / Railings
• Egress
• Crawl Space / Venting
• Smoke / CO Detectors
• Driveway Paving
• Finish Grade / Drainage
• ADA Requirements

The nature and scope of a given project will determine the inspections required for each project. The City will issue a Certificate of Occupancy once all inspections (City & State) have been performed, found to be code compliant and all City fees paid.

Note:   Plumbing and Electrical codes are inspected and enforced by the State of North Dakota Plumbing and Electrical boards.

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Building Department


Building Department
213 2nd St NE
PO Box 494
Watford City, ND 58854

Steven Williams, Building Inspector
Direct: 701-444-8414
Cell: 701-651-7826

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~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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