Construction Permits & Inspections

Building Codes

The following is a list of Building Codes adopted by the City of Midland and effective January 1, 2016:

  • 2015 IBC - International Building Code
  • 2015 IRC - International Residential Code
  • 2015 IFC - International Fire Code
  • 2015 IMC - International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 IPC - International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 IFGC - International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 IECC - International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2014 NEC - National Electrical Code

View the Building Regulations section of the Municipal Code to learn more about the individual local code amendments.

Construction Permits & Inspections

The mission of Construction Permits and Inspections is to provide quality customer service while effectively protecting the health, safety and public welfare of the city by:

  • Reviewing construction documents and issuing permits
  • Registering contractors and verifying licensing
  • Inspecting construction to verify compliance with permit requirements

Construction Permits & Inspections Process

Once a project is submitted, Plan Review examines the submitted plans and construction documents for all residential and commercial construction. The plan review process is orchestrated by the Code Administration Division, but typically involves other Departments such as Engineering, Transportation, Utilities, Fire Marshal and Health. The plan review is performed for compliance with the various codes adopted by the City Council, including Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Energy Conservation, as well as, various State and Federal guidelines.


After the Plan Review is completed; the city verifies that the Contractor has obtained a performance bond and that any required licenses are current.


After the Permit is issued, Inspections reviews the construction at various stages of the project to ensure compliance with the various Codes and State and Federal guidelines. The City of Midland has six inspectors to perform these inspections: two building inspectors, two electrical inspectors, and two plumbing/mechanical inspectors.

The inspectors are state licensed and certified by various code authorities, and are required to participate in continuing education classes to keep up to date with the ever changing construction industry. The inspectors work closely with representatives of the local utilities to make clearances for connection to those utilities.

Certificate of Occupancy

Upon final inspection of the completed project, a Certificate of Occupancy is issued to the project’s Owner. At this point the building or structure is available to be used or occupied by the public.