City of Lincoln, AR
Washington County
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[Ord. No. 2016-3, Sec. 3; amended 8-15-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
A. 
Permit required.
1. 
The owner of any land situated within the incorporated limits of the City shall neither construct nor allow construction, remodeling, alteration, reroofing or structural work; or placement on such land of any building or structure, without having obtained a building permit from the City. Portable buildings are exempt from this requirement.
2. 
Any entity who fails to secure a building permit as required shall be guilty of a violation of this code and subject to a fine of $100. Each day that the offending condition exists beyond the day such entity is served with a citation shall be considered a separate offense.
[Added 8-20-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-21]
B. 
Remodeling, alteration, reroofing and structural work. Permits shall be required for any roofing repair exceeding 100 square feet in any twelve-month period, modifications involving structural work, or work on the framing of the structure. Purely cosmetic alterations, such as cabinet replacement, floor covering replacement, wall covering replacement or window replacement of the same size as existing windows, do not require a permit.
C. 
Permit to be posted. Every building permit shall be prominently displayed facing the street in some type of clear, waterproof container or envelope. (Plastic food storage bags are acceptable.) Any person who fails to display a building permit as required shall be guilty of a violation and subject to a fine of $50.
The application for any building permit by this chapter will be submitted by the landowner concerned to the Mayor, or City Hall, in duplicate copy, and shall contain as a minimum the following:
A. 
Name, mailing address, and telephone number of the applicant.
B. 
Type building to be constructed or repaired (as listed in § 11.04.01 of this chapter).
C. 
Location of the building site.
D. 
Outside dimensions of the proposed building, or addition.
E. 
Construction materials to be used for the foundation, floor, and exterior walls.
F. 
Manner in which the proposed building will be anchored to the foundation.
G. 
Height of the first floor level above the ground level, as measured from the highest point of the ground level.
1. 
Prior to any grading or leveling.
2. 
After grading and leveling.
H. 
Date on which construction is proposed to begin.
[Ord. No. 2016-3, Sec. 3; amended 8-15-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-8]
The following schedule of fees shall constitute the basis for the cost of a building permit.
A. 
Single-family/duplex:
First 2,000 square feet
$0.33/ft2
> 2,000 square feet
$0.30/ ft2
B. 
Multifamily (more than two units under roof):
First 4,000 square feet
$0.35/ft2
> 4,000 square feet
$0.32/ ft2
C. 
Commercial/public/office:
First 2,000 square feet
$0.40/ft2
> 2,000 square feet
$0.35/ ft2
D. 
Industrial:
First 5,000 square feet
$0.42/ft2
> 5,000 square feet
$0.37/ ft2
E. 
Detached garage/storage/other nonportable structures:
First 400 square feet
$0.30/ft2
> 400 square feet
$0.25/ ft2
F. 
For remodels, alterations, re-roofs or structural work that does not entail expansion of the existing footprint of a structure, the permit fees will be based on the estimated cost of the work, using the following schedule of fees:
First $1,000 of work
$25
> $1,000 of work
$4 per additional $1,000 or part thereof
G. 
An inspection shall be required of the following systems: footing, plumbing, concrete slab, electrical, insulation, mechanical, drywall, and final. The fee for each inspection shall be:
1. 
One hundred dollars for each building system inspection or reinspection, regardless of the number of inspections performed in any one trip.
H. 
An inspection shall be required for all remodels (except cosmetic), alterations (except cosmetic), re-roofs or structural work done using the following schedule of fees:
1. 
One hundred dollars per remodel, alteration, re-roof or structural work.
I. 
There is hereby imposed a surcharge fee of $0.50 per $1,000 of construction costs on any nonresidential construction permit to be delivered to the state under Act 474 of 1999 pursuant to such rules and regulations as may be imposed by the Department of Finance and Administration.
[Ord. No. 96-14, Sec. 1]
Upon review by the City Building Official, a permit shall issue upon approval in writing by such Building Official. In case the permit shall be granted unless found to be in violation of any flood zone ordinance or other ordinance heretofore or hereinafter adopted by the City. Any building permit issued under the provisions of this chapter will remain valid only for a period of 90 days from its date of issue, and becomes void if construction has not begun within that period, or unless it is renewed within that period.
[Ord. No. 2016-3, Sec. 3]
All applicants for a building permit shall also file a bond with the City in the form of a check or money order payable to the City, which shall be retained in a special bond fund until the final inspection has been conducted and a certificate of occupancy issued. To determine permit value, multiply the square footage by $100:
Permitted value up to $50,000
$250
Permitted value in excess of $50,000
$500
Conditions for Return
 
a.
If the permitted structure passes final inspection and is issued a certificate of occupancy with no permanent damage to any public facility, then the entire bond amount shall be refunded.
b.
If any permanent damage to a public facility has occurred that has not been otherwise compensated, then any funds needed to pay for such damage shall be deducted from such bond amount and the remainder, if any, shall be refunded. If damages exceed the bond amount, forfeiture of the bond shall be a setoff and not an exclusive remedy.
c.
In the event of the sale of the real estate on which the permitted structure is placed prior to final inspection or in the even no final inspection is requested within 90 days of the date of substantial completion of the permitted structure, the permit shall be rescinded and the bond forfeited.