How to Apply for a Tri-plex or Four-plex Building Permit


Repairs and minor alteration projects such as roofing, new windows, new siding, and some remodels, will not require a site plan or construction plans. You should contact the building department at 479-784-2206 to discuss your project. The building department staff can assist you with determining the specific information you will need for your building permit.

Permits for New Structures, Additions, or Alterations for 3-unit and 4-unit (triplex and fourplex) residential structures require the following information to be submitted to the Building Department at 623 Garrison Avenue, Room 405. A (New, Addition, or Alteration) to a tri-plex or a four-plex needs the following information to be turned into the city offices.


greenicon1 Submit a Site Plan which includes as a minimun:

  1. Legal Description
  2. Property Lines and Pins
  3. Right-of-way, easements and setbacks
  4. Name and Location of Street
  5. All Existing and Proposed Structures (Structures as defined by ordinance)
  6. Distance of Structures from Property Lines (Structures must be setback in compliance with the UDO/Zoning standards)
  7. Location of Driveway(s), designed to City Ordinance standards.
  8. Location and size of all public utilities, existing and/or proposed and service connections.
  9. Minimum finished floor elevation (if within the 100-year flood plain)
  10. Screened trash pick-up (as required by the UDO )
  11. Parking arrangement showing individual spaces including all handicap spaces according to the UDO.
  12. Drainage plan and retention if required (consult with the City Engineering Department).
  13. Landscaping plan when required per the UDO.

greenicon2 Submit a Property Survey

The survey needs to be certified by an Arkansas licensed profesional surveyor.


greenicon3 Submit Construction Plans

The construction plans or working drawings must at a minimum include the following: 

1. Foundation Plan:

Show all foundations and footings.  Indicate size, locations, depth, thicknesses, materials and reinforcing.  Show all embedded anchoring such as anchor bolts, hold-downs and column bases.  A soils report is required where expansive soils exist or where known soil problems may exist or as requried by the Building Official.

2. Floor Plan:

Show all floors including basements.  Show all rooms, with their use, overall dimensions and locations of all structural elements and openings. Show all doors and windows.  Provide door, window, and interior finish schedules.  Show all fire assemblies and area separations.

3. Framing Plans:

Show all structural members, their size, methods of attachment, location and materials for floors and roofs.  

4. Exterior Elevations:

Show all sides of the building. Show all vertical dimensions and heights. Show all openings and identify all materials.

5. Building Sections and Wall Sections

Show construction materials and their assembly. Show vertical dimensions.

6. Mechanical Systems:

Show the entire mechanical system.  Include all units, their sizes, piping system mounting details, all duct work and duct sizes.  Indicate all fire and smoke dampers where required.  Provide equipment schedules.

7. Plumbing System:

Show all fixtures, piping, fire protection systems, slopes, materials and sizes.  Show point of connections to existing utilities.  Provide a plumbing riser diagram.  Arkansas Department of Health approval for the plumbing systems may be requried. Confirm with the Buidling Department.

8. Electrical System:

Show all electrical fixtures, (interior, exterior and site) wiring sizes and circuiting, panel schedules, single line diagrams, fire alarm systems, communications systems and fixture schedules.  Show point of connection to existing electrical service.  Provide a electric riser diagram. Show all exterior lighting. All exterior lighting must comply with the UDO.

NOTE: Electrical and plumbing riser diagrams can be substituted for electrical and plumbing plans.

9. Landscape Plan:

Show landscaping and screening as required by the UDO

greenicon4 Building Permit Application Form

Download and complete the Building Permit Application Form.

greenicon5 Bring Documents to the City Offices

Bring five (5) copies of all documents to the Building Department offices for approval. The permit officer will review the information for completeness and send plans to the engineering, planning, utilities, fire and building safety departments for permit reviews. The plans examiner will collect all review comments from these departments and follow up with the applicant to discuss any corrections that need to be made. A plan review letter will be sent to the applicant if further information is needed for submittal and review. The initial review time usually takes between 7 and 10 working days. A plan review fee will be required at the time of application.

greenicon6 Pay for Permit

Upon approval the applicant is required to pay for the permit at the collections office which is located in Room 101, 623 Garrison Avenue. The collections office stamps the Building Permit Card as paid. The building permit card shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the front of the premises. The permit card must stay on the property until the building inspector removes it during the final inspection.

greenicon7   Inspections

Inspections shall be made by the inspectors upon notification of the permit holder or contractor. Inspectors will either approve the construction as completed or will notify the permit holder or contractor if it does not pass inspection. Please note that the plumbing, electrical, or mechanical subcontractors obtain their respective permits and are responsible for their inspection requests. Click here for the minimum construction inspection requirements.


greenicon8 Completed Work

After the project is complete and the final inspections are done, the inspector brings the permit card back to the Building Department and completes the certificate of occupancy. At this point the certificate of occupancy will be mailed or can be picked up at the Building Department office.

Other Useful Information

  1. Building Permit Flowchart.
  2. Building Permit Process FAQ
  3. Plan Review Check List - New Constrution or Additions
  4. Plan Review Check List - Interior Remodel
  5. Plan Review Check List - Foundation Only
  6. City of Fort Smith Adopted Construction Codes
  7. Inspection Requirements