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The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
What's a footing and foundation permit?
A footing and foundation permit may be available, upon request, before a plan review has been completed. This permit will allow the applicant to begin the dirt work and to construct the foundation for the proposed building. This permit is given as a convenience to the applicant and is issued contingent upon approval of the final drawings for the building. It is understood that the applicant is proceeding at his/her own risk and that the City gives no guarantee that a building permit will be issued. A partial permit is valid for 30 days and work is not to proceed beyond the foundation under this permit. In order to receive a footing and foundation permit, the applicant must submit the following:

• site plan
• foundation plan
• approved storm water management plan
• grading plan
• 5 acres or more requires a Land Disturbance Permit to be filed with the DNR
• parking plan
• approved driveway access plans
• underground utilities

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1. What building codes have been adopted by the City of St. Joseph?
2. What construction projects need building permits?
3. Why a building permit?
4. What are plan requirements?
5. What's a footing and foundation permit?
6. Do I need an occupational license?
7. What about subcontractors?
8. How are driveways and sidewalks handled?