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Engineering Department

Permits & Inspections Division

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The Bossier City Permits and Inspections Division is responsible for issuing all city building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits and licenses. Also structures outside the city limits on Bossier City water or sewer will be permitted thru our office and the Bossier Parish Tax Assessor. The department is also responsible for performing inspections on residential and commercial projects. This page has links to all the permit applications and fee schedules that you will be able to download and print in a .pdf format.

Our office has adopted the following codes:

  • Bossier City Ordinance Book Chapter 18
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Existing Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2009 Life Safety Code 101
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • ANSI Standards
  • 2011 NEC Electrical Code
  • 2013 Louisiana Sanitary Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
 
 
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BUILDING PERMITS

For new construction, the physical addresses within the city will be assigned by the Engineering Department. For outside the city limits, the 911 Office will issue the addresses. You may contact the Engineering Department at 318-741-8567 or the 911 office at 318-965-2911, if you need an address assigned.

COMMERCIAL

Permits shall be required for new construction, additions, and alterations/repairs for existing commercial structures. Two full sets of plans are needed and shall bear the name and address of the designer. The plans shall completely describe the entire construction, showing all architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and landscaping work. For questions regarding the landscaping plans, contact the MPC Department at 318-741-8824. Plans will also need to be submitted to the State Fire Marshall for review and approval before the City's Fire Prevention Department signs off on any plans. For information regarding this procedure contact the State of Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal at 800-256-5452 or 225-925-4920. You can also log into their web site: www.dps.state.la.us/sfm. If the structure being built or altered is a food establishment, a letter of approval from the Department of Health will be required before the permit can be issued. You may contact the Health Department at 318-741-7314 for questions in regard to the letter. The building contractor will need to provide proof of general liability insurance in the amount not less than $100,000, and if contract amount is $50,000 or more the contractor must provide a copy of state contractor's license. For information on how to obtain a state license, you may contact the State Licensing Board of Contractors at 1-800-256-1392 or log into their web page: www.lslbc.louisiana.gov. Also, if the contractor is out of state, they must provide a certification of non-resident contractor status from the Louisiana Department of Revenue. For information concerning this letter, contact the Department of Revenue at 225-219-7356. The owner of commercial properties may obtain the permit up to $50,000 without a general liability insurance or state license.

RESIDENTIAL

Permits shall be required for new residential construction, additions, and alterations/repairs for existing residential structures. For new construction, the builder must submit one set of full plans, general liability insurance, and copy of state contractor's license. A property owner can obtain a permit to build a house as long as an affidavit claiming exemption from licensure is signed and notarized. He/She will serve as the builder and will maintain the house as their personal residence for one year. Also, they must have not built another house within the past year.

On any type of residential permits, if the amount exceeds $1500, the building contractor must be registered with the State as a Home Improvement Contractor. To register as a Home Improvement Contractor, contact the State Licensing Board of Contractors at 1-800-256-1392. The owner, however, can obtain the permit and fill out the affidavit claiming exemption from this rule, only if they live in the residence where the work is being preformed.

The Engineering Department will need a finish floor elevation certificate for any new construction that is in a special flood hazardous area.

COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PERMITS

NOT NEEDING PLANS (IN MOST CASES)

  • DEMOLITION PERMITS
  • VINYL SIDING PERMITS
  • REROOFING PERMITS
  • MOBILE HOME TIE DOWN PERMITS

Individuals or contractors who wish to obtain the following type of building permits must also obtain approval from the MPC/ Zoning Department to insure that all proper height and setback requirements are followed before the permit can be issued. If you have any questions concerning the setback/height requirements, contact the MPC department at 318-741-8824.

  • STORAGE BUILDING PERMITS
  • TENT PERMITS
  • SIGN PERMITS
  • POOL PERMITS
  • MOVING PERMITS
  • FENCE PERMITS
  • DRIVEWAY PERMITS
  • ATTACHED/DETACHED CARPORTS/GARAGES PERMITS
  • HOUSE ADDITION PERMITS

Fees for all building permits are based on the construction cost amount. For the first $2,000 the fee is $30.00, then is $4.00 per every thousand after that. See example under the fee schedule.

ELECTRICAL PERMITS

Electrical permits shall be required for all electrical construction installation including alterations, repairs, replacement, fixtures, equipment, appliances, material, fittings and/ or appurtenances, which include, service entrance, feeders upgrades, branch circuits, transformers, motors, swimming pools, saw services, temporary power, etc. Permits shall be obtained before commencing any work on properties.

Fees for electrical permits are based on the specific items and for items not covered by the fee schedules, the fee charged is $4.00 per $1,000 of the cost of the work. To obtain an application and fee schedule click on the electrical permit application and fee schedule.

ELECTRICAL LICENSES

Any person or contractor wishing to perform Electrical work within Bossier City MUST have a current Bossier City license. Before a license can be issued by the city, the contractor must provide a copy of their state license/or have passed the ICC exam for electrical master, picture identification, a copy of general liability insurance not less than $100,000, and pay the required fees. The same applies to electrical journeyman except for the general liability requirement. The same requirement applies in order to obtain an electrical sign manufacturer's license.

FEES:

  • Master or Sign Manufacturer $150.00
  • Journeyman, or Specialty Journeyman $ 30.00
  • Residential Electrician, Specialty or Maintenance $ 25.00
  • Apprentice $ 15.00

To obtain an application for testing for Electrical Master/Journeyman contractor's licenses come to, or contact the Permit Office.

PLUMBING PERMITS

Plumbing permits shall be required for the repair or alteration of any plumbing system and gas piping work, which include plumbing fixtures, sewer/water connections, fire hydrant, swimming pool, lawn sprinkler system, gas retest on gas distribution system or service connection, clothes dryer, incinerators, gas grills, water heaters, etc. Repairs involving only the working parts of a faucet or valve, the clearance of stoppages, repairing leaks, or replacement of defective faucets or valves may be made without a permit provided no changes are made in the piping to the fixture. Permits shall be obtained before commencing any work on properties.

Fees for plumbing permits are based on the specific items. To obtain an application and fee schedule click on the plumbing permit application and fee schedule.

***PUBLIC NOTICE OF FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE APRIL 17, 2013***

PLUMBING LICENSES

Any person or contractors wishing to perform Plumbing work within Bossier City MUST have a current Bossier City license. Before a license can be issued by the city, the contractor must provide a copy of their state license, picture identification, a copy of general liability insurance not less than $100,000, and pay the required fees. The same applies to plumbing journeyman except for the general liability requirement.

FEES:

  • Master License $150.00
  • Journeyman $ 30.00
  • Apprentice $ 15.00

Plumbing Master/Journeyman contractor's licenses must be obtained from the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana.

MECHANICAL PERMITS

Mechanical permits shall be required for the installation, alteration, replacement and/or repair of all vented type heating units; all air conditioning units; all suspended type infra red heating units and/or combination air conditioning and heating units with duct work attached; all water cooled refrigeration units, remote or packaged type; all remotely installed air cooled refrigeration units; all air conditioning units of 54,000 BTU's per hour, or greater at Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute conditions; all steam and hot water boilers; steam distribution system, hot water heating distribution; warm air distribution system; air conditioning distribution system; blower and/or exhaust or ventilating systems in other than residences; combustion air and induced draft fans and blower; and evaporative coolers and ventilating hoods over the following: Cooking ranges and appliances for frying, barbecuing, broiling and/or baking of foods in other than residences.

Permits shall be obtained before commencing any work on properties, and permits shall also be required for repairs when any component part or piece of equipment is replaced when the cost of such repairs or replacements exceed $300.00 including labor.

Fees for mechanical permits are based on the contract or selling price. To obtain an application and fee schedule click on the mechanical permit application and fee schedule.

MECHANICAL LICENSES

Any person or contractors wishing to perform Air Conditioning/Heating work within Bossier City MUST have a current Bossier City license. Before a license can be issued by the city, the contractor must provide a copy of their state license/or have passed the ICC exam for mechanical master, picture identification, a copy of general liability insurance not less than $100,000, and pay the required fees. The same applies to mechanical journeyman except for the general liability requirement.

FEES:

  • Master Mechanical $150.00
  • Journeyman $ 30.00
  • Apprentice $ 15.00

To obtain an application for testing for Air Conditioning/Heating Master/Journeyman contractor's licenses go to Intenrational Code Council's web site www.iccsafe.org.

 

 

 
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Contact Us

City of Bossier City
Permits & Inspections Division
620 Benton Road
P.O. Box 5337
Bossier City, LA 71171-5337
Phone: 318.741.8571
Fax: 318.741.8854

Tom Taron, Division Chief
Steve Cawthon, Building Inspector
Wayne Cockerham, Chief Plumbing Inspector
Bill Pope, Chief Residential Inspector
James Pigue', Chief Electrical Inspector
Eddie Keasler, Plumbing Inspector
Pat Loftus, Building Inspector
Norman Carter, Mechanical Inspector
Wayne Stephenson, Electrical Inspector

Kristen McIlwain: Office Manager

Office Hours M-F: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 
 
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