Building Permits & Inspections

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 FIRE PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS WILL BE ISSUED AND COMPLETED BY WEST COUNTY EMS AND FIRE*

Fire permits for commercial new, remodel, addition, fire suppression, fire alarm and underground fire mains will now be issued and inspected through the West County EMS & Fire District*. Residential properties will no longer be issued fire permits.

OBTAINING A FIRE PERMIT:


You will need to submit the following via email to inspections@westcounty-fire.org or on a non-returnable thumb drive. The District will not sign up for nor log into a document sharing platform to acquire the documents.
1) A completed Permit Application (forms are available by clicking here)
2) One (1) electronic copy of a full set of plans in PDF format

SCHEDULING FIRE INSPECTIONS:


Various inspections are required once a permit has been issued. It is the permit holder's sole responsibility to ensure that work does not progress past the point of a required inspection. Typically, for "building permits", inspections are required at framing (with electrical and plumbing in-place and approved for rough-in), ceiling cover and then temporary occupancy and final occupancy.

When work is ready to be inspected, please email inspections@westcounty-fire.org or call (636) 227-3030 (email preferred). You must request the inspection at least two (2) business days prior to your desired inspection to ensure your request is received and can be scheduled.

More information can be found on West County EMS & Fire's website (https://www.westcounty-fire.org/permits-inspections).
*Please note fire permits and inspections located in the Creve Coeur Fire District are still issued through them, the addresses are as follows:
  • 12855 North Outer Forty Drive
  • 12901 North Outer Forty Drive
  • 12935 North Outer Forty Drive
  • 12977 North Outer Forty Drive
  • 600 Mason Ridge Center Drive
  • 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive

A building permit is required from the City for new residential and commercial structures, additions, renovations, basement finishes, fireplaces, commercial fire alarm systems, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning systems and replacements, roof replacements, retaining walls, porches, decks, swimming pools, solar systems, and any structure requiring piers, footings, framing, beams or a roof.

Questions regarding these Codes can be directed to the Planning and Public Works Department at (314) 587-2820.

The code books can be reviewed in-person by calling (314) 587-2820 or through the International Code Council's website by clicking here.

Inspections
The City provides building and mechanical inspections as part of our construction permitting process. Call the Planning Department at (314) 587-2820 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your inspection.

Have ready your building permit number, address of work, type of inspection, name and telephone number when you call.

Inspections must be performed in the order shown on the inspection card.

Building Permit Process


The City of Town and Country reviews and issues applications for building and mechanical. Fire permits for commercial properties are issued through either West County EMS & Fire or Creve Coeur Fire District. All electrical and plumbing permits are issued through St. Louis County's Public Works Department. 

To expedite review of your permit application, please be sure to submit all of the following to the Development Office at the Town and Country Municipal Center:


Two sets of Building Plans. Each set must have:
1) Seal and signature of Missouri registered architect or engineer.
2) Two sets of HVAC plans and/or truss plans, if applicable.
3) Indication of contact with subdivision trustees for plans affecting the exterior of a residence.
4) Two site plans, if applicable, drawn to scale with correct dimensions and angles, based on and including a current survey signed and sealed by a land surveyor, and containing the information set out in the Code. For new impervious additions, water-runoff calculations and green-space calculations will be required as well.

Application for Occupancy Permit ($50.00 fee) for new construction, commercial space changes, commercial business name changes and all previously unoccupied space.

If your building permit application is incomplete or does not comply with City codes, staff will discuss necessary changes or additions with you.

Electrical & Plumbing Permit

Electrical and plumbing permits must be obtained from the St. Louis County Public Works Department. They can be contacted at (314) 615-8504.

Fire Permit - Creve Coeur Fire District

The following addresses are serviced by Creve Coeur Fire District: 12855 N Forty Drive, 12901 N Forty Drive, 12935 N Forty Drive, 12977 N Forty Drive, and Mason Ridge Center Drive. After City approval, two sets of plans will need to be submitted for review to their office at 11221 Olive Blvd. For fire related questions or inspections please call them at (314) 432-5570.

Fire Permit - West County EMS & Fire District

All other fire permits for commercial properties not located in the Creve Coeur Fire District (addresses listed above) will be issued through West County EMS & Fire District.

Obtaining a fire permit:

You will need to submit the following via email to inspections@westcounty-fire.org or on a non-returnable thumb drive. The District will not sign up for nor log into a document sharing platform to acquire the documents.
 1) A completed Permit Application (forms are available by clicking here)
 2) One (1) electronic copy of a full set of plans in PDF format

Scheduling fire inspections:

Various inspections are required once a permit has been issued. It is the permit holder's sole responsibility to ensure that work does not progress past the point of a required inspection. Typically, for "building permits", inspections are required at framing (with electrical and plumbing in-place and approved for rough-in), ceiling cover and then temporary occupancy and final occupancy.

When work is ready to be inspected, please email inspections@westcounty-fire.org or call (636) 227-3030 (email preferred). You must request the inspection at least two (2) business days prior to your desired inspection to ensure your request is received and can be scheduled.