Building Permits & Inspections

Effective Monday, November 2, 2020 Town & Country will be updating to the 2018 International Building Codes

The Building Codes help ensure safety by regulating construction materials and techniques, updating the City's Code will allow for new materials, technologies, and products implemented in the new codes. This would effect residential, building, fire and mechanical permits that are issued by Town and Country. Electrical and plumbing permits would still be issued by St. Louis County Public Works Department.

The amendments are available to view by clicking the links below. The code books can be reviewed in-person by special appointment by contacting Laura Lowell, at or (314) 587-2820, or through the International Code Council's website by clicking here.

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.

You may purchase copies of the International Codes from the following organizations:

American Institute of Architects
911 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 231-4252

International Code Council
4051 Flossmoor Road
Country Club Hills, IL 60478

Electrical & Plumbing Permit
Electrical and plumbing permits must be obtained from St. Louis County. Town and Country issues building and mechanical permits only.

St. Louis County can be contacted at (314) 615-5000. Choose option 6 for permits.

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, mechanical and fire* permits. All electrical and plumbing permits are issued through St. Louis County's Public Works Department. 

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

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:

Complete, signed Application for Building Permit

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.