Commercial Projects

Building Permit Overview


A Commercial Building Permit application is required to:
  • Alter, demolish, enlarge, move, or repair a building
  • Change the occupancy of a building or part of a building
  • Construct a new building
  • Construct a retaining wall over four (4) feet high

Digital Building Permit Requirements


  • One (1) complete set of drawings, including Architectural and Structural with civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing drawings attached. This set of drawings will be returned to the contractor upon issuance of the building permit.
  • One (1) disk containing the complete set of drawings in a digital format (PDF).
  • State plumbing approval when required.
  • Fire Code Review Sheet in digital format (PDF) ***NEW Requirement ***

Building Permit Review Requirements



Building Safety Division


The Building Safety Division will review a permit for conformance to the International Building Code, including the National Electric Code, Arkansas Energy Code, Arkansas Fire Prevention Code, Arkansas Mechanical Code, Arkansas Plumbing and Gas Code, and the Fayetteville City Code. The Arkansas Fire Prevention Code can be ordered from the International Code Council online.

You may contact the Commercial Permit Coordinator at (479) 575-8238 should you need further assistance.

Click here for a brochure on requirements for obtaining a Commercial Building Permits and inspection information.

Engineering Division


The Engineering Division will review building permit applications for compliance with the City's regulation of development, flood damage prevention, physical alteration of land, storm water management, drainage and erosion control, and street and sidewalk specifications. You may contact the Engineering Coordinator at (479) 575-8206.

Fire Marshal


The Fire Marshal will review all nonresidential building permit applications, as well as review all sprinkler drawings and inspect installations. Fire Code forms needed for commercial projects Fire Code Submittable Checklist and Fire Code Review Sheet. You may contact the Fire Marshal at (479) 444-3448 or firemarshal@fayetteville-ar.gov.

Planning Division


The Planning Division will review all building permit applications for conformance to all zoning and development regulations as required by the City of Fayetteville Unified Development Code, the Planning Commission, or City Council before a building permit application will be approved. You may contact the Planning Division at (479) 575-8267.


Sidewalk Administrator


The Sidewalk Administrator will review building permit applications for sidewalk requirements and construction of parking lots containing five (5) parking spaces or more. You may contact the Sidewalk Administrator at (479) 575-8291.

Recycling & Trash Collection Division


The Recycling and Trash Collection Division will review building permit applications for compliance with the city's service and access regulations. You may contact the Recycling and Trash Collection Division at (479) 575-8398.

Urban Forester


The Urban Forester will review building permit applications for compliance with the tree preservation and landscape regulations of the Unified Development Code. You may contact the Urban Forester at (479) 444-3470.