Building Safety

New Codes and Fees for 2023

Effective January 1, 2023, the City of Fayetteville will be enforcing updated codes adopted by the State of Arkansas. Any applications submitted for permits after December 31, 2022 will be subject to the new codes. These codes include the 2021 Arkansas Fire Prevention Codes based on the 2021 International Fire Code, 2021 International Building Code, and the 2021 International Residential Code. In addition to the building codes, the electrical code will be updated to the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code, and the energy code will be updated to the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code.

Plan review and permit processing fees for commercial and townhouse projects will be collected at permit application for all submittal as of January 1, 2023.

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Citizen Self-Service Portal

Use the above link to submit applications and payments for Planning, Engineering, Building Safety, and Business Licensing. Learn more about our online portal here.

Requesting an Inspection

A minimum of one day's prior notice is required to request an inspection. Scheduling is based on availability.

Program Description and 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.