Building Codes, Regulations, and Fee Schedule

Steps to follow to secure a Building Permit for construction in the City of Clarkson Valley.

  1. Submit the Application for Permit along with four (4) sets of construction plans to City Hall when doing a project that involves any changes to the exterior of the house.  For an interior project, the City requires three (3) sets of plans.  These plans must be “signed”, “sealed” and currently dated by a registered architect or engineer and conform to the current IRC 2009.  The plans for projects to the exterior should include an accurate site plan drawn to scale of 1:20 or greater by a surveyor or engineer registered in the State of Missouri and conforming to the current IRC 2009. Note:  New Construction or additions must be oriented within the building lines per Section 405.080, Paragraph E of the Municipal Code or a variance previously granted by the Clarkson Valley Board of Adjustment.  Any demolition requires an additional permit with approval from St. Louis County Health.  The City will forward a set of plans to the appropriate subdivision trustee and the Architectural Review Board.  The City does not require approval of the Subdivision Trustees to proceed. The Building Commissioner will review the application and the plans to determine if they are in compliance with the City Building Code and/or all City Ordinances.
  2. If applicable, ask your electrical, plumbing, mechanical and sewer contractors to obtain permits from St. Louis County and record these permit numbers on the Building Permit Inspection Card.
  3. On new house construction only, obtain a Building Permit Bond/Insurance form from the City Clerk.  Fill out the form, have it notarized and return to the City.  The bond taken is based upon 1-1/2% of the expected market value and is returned when an Occupancy Permit is issued.  Should the construction not be completed within one (1) year from issuance of Building Permit the Bond is subject to forfeiture at the sole reasonable discretion of the City.
  4. After reviewing your plans, the Building Commissioner will notify you when a Building Permit will be issued (usually within 5 days to 10 days) and the costs involved.  You will then be able to pay the costs (cash or check) and pick up one set of the above-mentioned plans, and one Building Permit Inspection Card at City Hall.  If a Building Permit will not be issued at this time, you will be informed of the reasons and the options you have available.
  5. The BUILDING PERMIT INSPECTION CARD is to be on display at all times commencing when any work begins on the lot, and ends when the Building Commission removes the BUILDING PERMIT INSPECTION CARD after the Final Inspection.
  6. Please call 636-227-8607 to notify the Building Commissioner when you require inspections from CLARKSON VALLEY.   Have the following information available:  1) Your name,  2) Your employee’s name,  3) Your telephone number,  4) Name of subdivision,  5) The lot number,  6) Type of inspection,  7) Permit number  8) When available for inspection.  Inspections generally will be made at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday of each week and/or 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Emergency or unusual situations can be handled in a shorter time frame, as appropriate.  Please notify Clarkson Valley 24 hours before you will be ready for a specific inspection.  Consult the Clarkson Valley Building Permit/Inspections Schedule of costs for the necessary inspections.
  7. Contact ST. LOUIS COUNTY when plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or sewer inspections are required, as listed on the Building Permit Card.

    Any inspection requested by a builder/contractor and not ready for inspection when the Clarkson Valley inspector arrives, will be required to make arrangements for a reinspection at an extra charge of $40.00 per inspection which is payable to the City at the time of the final inspection, before a FINAL COMPLETION CERTIFICATE will be issued.

  8. At the time of the final inspection, the Building Commissioner will take the Building Permit Inspection Card from the construction site to his office and produce a Final Completion Certificate.  You will be responsible for paying the applicable charges attached to the costs incurred for issuance of a Final Completion Certificate.  Upon receipt of payment, the City Clerk will issue said certificate/permit.
  9. On new construction, the Building Permit Bond/Insurance placed with the City will be refunded or allowed to be cancelled by the City Clerk after the Final Inspection, and the issuance of the Occupancy Permit by the Building Commissioner.  The refund is usually handled by mail.
  10. Proceeding with construction without having received a timely required inspection, or any other breach of regulations or procedures, will be referred to the Clarkson Valley Prosecutor for referral to the Municipal Court and levying of fines and/or penalties.



The building permit fee for all new construction and industrialized dwellings shall be assessed at twelve cents ($0.12) per square foot area of construction.  Any amendment to a permit necessitating an additional fee because of an increase in the square footage of the work involved shall not be approved until the additional fee shall have been paid.

The square foot area of construction shall be determined by measuring the length of the structure and multiplying it by the width of the structure.  The measurement shall include garages and the farthest projections, overhangs and cantilevers from the ground to the top of the construction.  It shall not include unroofed or unenclosed porches or patios.


The building permit fee for additions, alterations and remodeling, including any building permit in connection with swimming pools, accessory structures, porch additions, or any other exterior structure requiring a building permit, shall be based on the following schedule of fees as maintained and posted in City Hall:

Building Permit Fee                                                                    $25.00

Permit Issuance and Plan Review Fee                                     $44.00

Inspection fee (per inspection)                                                 $40.00

Occupancy Permit Fee                                                                $25.00

Final Completion Certificate (in lieu of Occupancy Permit)  $25.00

Further, any application submitted pursuant to this Section shall be forwarded to the Building Commissioner for review and calculation of the Building Permit Fees.


The fee for a building permit for the removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be at the rate of twelve cents ($0.12) per one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the estimated cost of moving plus the cost of new foundations and all work necessary to place the building or structure in its completed condition in the new location, plus such other building permit fees deemed necessary by the Building Commissioner.


The demolition shall be seventy-seven dollars ($77.00) per structure.


In addition to the building permit fee, an inspection charge of forty dollars ($40.00) shall be paid to the city for each inspection deemed necessary by the Building Commissioner.  The number of inspections required shall be determined after the review of the plans submitted and the number shall be indicated on the building permit application.  The City of Clarkson Valley may contract with a political subdivision to conduct any or all of the inspections herein required and does adopt the fees of said political subdivision applicable to any inspections conducted pursuant to said contract and the City does authorize that payment of inspection fees be made directly to said political subdivision for any inspections conducted by said political subdivision pursuant to the herein mentioned contract.


There is hereby established a reinspection charge of forty dollars ($40.00), which shall be applicable to all reinspections, where it has been determined that the initial inspection resulted in a failure to comply with the applicable construction code, that the initial inspection reveals that the scope of work performed has deviated from the plans submitted to the City, or upon the request of the owner or contractor for any reinspection.


Each building permit issued by the Building Commissioner shall state upon its face the expiration date of said permit.  All work authorized by the permit shall be completed no later than 5 p.m. C.S.T. on the expiration date of the permit.  Each applicant shall notify the Building Commissioner of the date of completion of the work authorized by the permit prior to the expiration of the permit.  The Building Commissioner shall perform a final inspection of each project within fourteen (14) days after the expiration of the permit or the completion of the work, whichever is earlier.  An inspection fee shall be assessed in the amount of forty dollars ($40.00) for each final inspection and the fee shall be paid by the applicant.  Additionally, all extra costs, fees, permit fees, and other expenses shall be paid by the applicant within thirty (30) days from the date of the final inspection.


(a) In addition to the building permit fee and inspection fees, all reasonable costs or fees charged to the City, including but not limited to site and building plan review, inspection and permit fees, reinspection fees, engineer fees, architecture review fees, other professional fees, and testing fees, as deemed necessary by the Building Commissioner, shall be paid by the applicant before issuance of the building permit, the final occupancy permit, or the final completion certificate.

(b) A plan review escrow procedure is hereby authorized to be formulated, implemented and amended by City staff to help ensure that all such costs charged to the City are recovered by the applicants.

(c) In the event that the City receives an application, petition or other request for any administrative or legislative consideration, and the applicant, petitioner or requestor owes the City any amounts from previous City consideration including any third-party expenses the City has incurred, the City reserves the right to refuse to give any consideration to such application, petition or request until such time that the City has received payment in full or payment terms acceptable to the City.

(d) In the event that it is necessary for the Building Commissioner to undertake an inspection or other professional investigation in order to confirm or deny the existence of a building code or zoning violation, the owner of the property shall be liable for all inspection fees, all reasonable costs or fees charged to the City, including, but not limited to, site and building plan review, inspection and permit fees, and testing fees as deemed necessary by the Building Commissioner.  In the event that it is determined that no building code or zoning violation exists on the subject property, the owner of the property shall not be liable for any inspection fees, costs, or expenses.

(e) Any person or entity that fails to pay the necessary permit fees, inspection fees, or additional costs as contained in this Code shall be deemed as violating the City Code and subject to the penalties contained in Section 100.100, or any other applicable section of the City Code.


The building permit fees provided for in Sections 500.300 through 500.307 above shall be doubled where work for which a building permit is required in Section 500.140 is commenced prior to obtaining the permit of filing of the application.  The payment of such double fees shall not relieve any person from fully complying with all provisions regulating such construction.


The Building Commissioner may cancel permits and refund the permit fee less expenses incurred and a maximum penalty of forty dollars ($40.00) or such lesser amount as the Building Commissioner shall set.


The assessment figures in Sections 500.300 through 500.307 shall be adjusted on an annual basis, effective January 1 of the year in question, to reflect increases, if any, in the November offering next preceding this January 1 of the Cost of Living Index for all urban consumers for the St. Louis area published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, as compared to the previous November offering, using the period 1967=100 as the base period.  All such computation of increases made as provided herein shall not be further adjusted during the course of the year in question until the following January 1 of the next year in question, when such adjustments, if warranted as provided herein, shall be made.