New Commercial Building

Application Process
All plans for new commercial buildings must be reviewed and approved by City staff before any construction may begin. A building permit must be obtained by submitting a Commercial Building Permit Application (PDF), and all construction must be inspected at various stages by the City.

Complete construction documents, which contain all of the required information will speed the plan review process. A completed Commercial Construction Checklist (PDF) is required with all construction documents submitted for review. Plans will only be considered for review when each applicable item on the checklist has been addressed. Be sure to review the list of necessary steps before submitting your application.

All construction drawings will be reviewed by a private consultant hired by the City of Republic to review commercial projects. The applicant that submits the plans will be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to pay for the services of the private consultant. In addition, all plans will be reviewed by the Planning and Development Department, Republic Fire Department and the Public Works Department for compliance with the city zoning code and the following building codes: The 2012 International Building Code, 2012 International Mechanical Code, 2012 International Plumbing Code, 2012 International Fuel Gas Code, 2011 National Electric Code, and the 2012 International Fire Code. In addition, all construction drawings are reviewed for accessibility requirements in accordance with the 2012 International Building Code and ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.

Review Process
When construction documents have been accepted for review, they will be routed to the necessary departments and the City's plan reviewer for comments concerning deficiencies or conflicts with City specifications and building codes. When comments are received from the various departments, the Planning Department will generate a comment letter, which will be forwarded to the project designer and the owner of the project. All comments in the review letter shall be addressed either in the form of addendum(s) or revised construction drawings. When all comments have been addressed, all departments have approved the plans, and all necessary plan review fees have been paid, a building permit will be issued.

Allow ten working days from first submittal for completion of review. Review comments will be sent to the architect and owner for rebuttal/changes. Construction documents received after twelve o'clock will be stamped as received the following business day.

More Information
Permit applications can be obtained online (PDF), or from the City’s Department of Planning and Development, located at 204 North Main Avenue (across from City Hall).

To schedule an inspection, please call the City’s Inspection Hot-Line at 417-732-3170. For further information, call 417-732-3150.