Building Permit Submittal Process


Contractors can apply for over-the-counter building permits online using the City of Lafayette MyGov Online Portal with your MyGov Account. This option is only for quick reviews and not for those requiring a plan review. Once you submit your permit in MyGov, we will approve the permit and let you know by email that the permit is ready to pay. 

View the MyGov Portal Instructions

Homeowners and contractors 

Building permit applications for homeowners or contractors are submitted by email or using our drop box. Review the following steps to submit your application and plans.

  1. Download and complete the Building Permit Application
  2. Review the submittal requirements and the following resources for your project type
  3. Submit your Building Permit Application
    1. Email your Building Permit application to or 
    2. Use the drop off box located just to the left of the front doors at City Hall, 1290 South Public Road. This is available for large submittals and/or set of rolled plans.
  4. Building Permit payment
    • Homeowners or contractors must drop your payment in the City's water utility payment box located outside of City Hall.
    • Pay Online
      • Permit fees more than $10,000 must be paid with a check. 
  5. Plan resubmittal
    • Projects that require revisions can be resubmitted by emailing the updated documents to
      • Reference the permit number in your emails. 
      • All plans and supporting documents should be in a separate PDF file with a descriptive name.
      • Multiple emails can be submitted by indicating that they are related to the same application.

Processing Timelines 

The Building Department will email you when your permit is ready. The typical timeframe for processing permits include:

  • Three working days for reroofs, HVAC, water heaters, furnace, and siding permits  
  • Two weeks for projects such as decks, fences, and basement finishes
  • Two weeks for commercial tenant finish and permanent signs
  • Four to six weeks for new residential house, duplex, residential additions, accessory dwelling unit, garage, multi-family buildings, and new commercial buildings
  • Two weeks for City or Out-of-City Utility Service Applications submitted individually or independently from the Building Permit Process

Contact us

For questions on whether you need a permit, please call the Building Department at 303-661-1451. Permit applications can be emailed to