Building Safety

No inspections will be scheduled Wednesday, October 28th due to mandatory training. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Until further notice, Building Safety is closed to the public
due to COVID-19. We are still operational. You can reach us at 479.575.8238. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your flexibility and cooperation during this time.

New Development, Licensing and Permitting System Now in Operation

On July 13, the City of Fayetteville implemented a new web-based system called EnerGov™ to handle applications and payments for Planning, Engineering, Building Safety, Business Licensing, Alcoholic Beverage and HMR/Supplemental Beverage. For more information about this transition, please click here.

Requesting an Inspection

Prior days' notice is required to request an inspection. Scheduling is based on availability.

Click here to view important information about changes to the permit review and inspection tracking process.

Program Description & Objectives

A division of the Development Services Department, the Building Safety Division assists customers in understanding building safety and complying with the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code, Electrical Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing, Gas Code, Energy Code and the Unified Development Code: Chapter 173.

Building Plan submittals are checked for code compliance before permitting, and architects/contractors or owners are notified of issues prior to construction. Field inspections are made on all construction, including additions, alterations and repairs. This ensures that the citizens of Fayetteville have a safe and sanitary environment.

The enforcement of codes affects insurance rates in Fayetteville; the health and safety of our citizens and guests; the damage to a structure when a storm or fire occurs; energy consumption; and the quality of life in Fayetteville and the surrounding area.


The following list highlights significant changes to UDC Chapter 173: Building Regulations that will be effective August 17, 2019. Contact Building Safety for more information.
  • 173.01 - General Provisions
    Clarified Temporary Certificate of Occupancy process.
  • 173.02 - Fire Prevention Code/Building Code
    Deleted section (B)(1)(b) Ground Snow Loads.
    Deleted section (B)(8) Building Permit Duration for House and Duplex.
  • 173.03 - Fire Zones
    Deleted entire section.
  • 173.04 - Electrical Code
    Deleted section (5) Miscellaneous Provisions.
    Deleted section (6) Neon Lighting.