Permits & Fees

Getting the Permits


Please click on the PDF links below to fill out the required Building Permit Application or Trade Permit you wish to obtain.

Application forms need to be sent in as attached PDF files & can be sent by email to buildingdepartment@cityofjohnston.com Applications must be submitted with all required drawings, site plans and additional forms needed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. A typical review may last up to - if not more; 7 working days. Once plans are approved we can happily accept most Permit Fee Payments with credit card over the phone.

Trade Permits 

 
Trade Permit Application Click here (PDF) Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical

Building Permits


Building Permit Application Click here (PDF)  All Building Permits must be submitted with a Site Plan.

Site Plan Check list:
  • North arrow
  • Adjacent street names 
  • Documented property lines
  • Footprint of proposed and existing structures with dimensions of proposed structures 

*Additional Application Forms: Must be completed in addition to a Building Permit Application*

*Accessory Building or Storage Shed Form -  Click here (PDF
*Deck Wall Section Form - Click here (PDF

The following information is available to assist you in preparing and supplying the appropriate information for your permit:

Plans that will use engineered wood products are required to contain:
  • Detailed plans showing layout
  • Correct beam sizing
  • Proper span size of truss
  • Floor or ceiling joist (stamped)
  • Indicate blocking, bracing, and re-enforcement

Determining Fees


Fees for most permits are calculated by determining the value added to the property or the cost of construction. This value is used with the fee tables as published in the appropriate code governing the work.

Flat Fees


There are some routine items that are “flat fee” permits such as fences, seasonal or temporary pools, and non-covered decks between 1-300 square feet in size.

How to get a Quote


We are happy to help estimate the permit fees for a project but until an application is submitted and reviewed an exact fee cannot be given. All fees are calculated by the building official.

Site Maintenance


The contractor will be responsible for all debris on the site and should take all necessary measures to ensure it does not blow away from the site. Subcontractors hauling debris will be required to cover all loads and a trash containment system is required at all sites, approved styles are:
  • Dumpster type container
  • Trailer
  • Fenced in containment area
Site maintenance will become a part of all inspections as well as inspection on a random basis.

Concrete Regulations


The City of Johnston uses the National Weather Service’s 24 hour prediction to reflect when/how concrete may be poured as follows:

10° or below - No concrete may be poured
25° or below - Concrete must be covered for a minimum of 48 hours

Stormwater Management Development Standards


Information on stormwater calculations, grading permit information and stormwater management development standards can be found here.