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Situated just east of Montana, the small town of Williston, North Dakota is the sixth largest city in the state with a population of just over 26,000 people. The North Dakota oil boom has caused an increase in population which makes Williston an interesting place to build with many possible opportunities. With opportunity, comes responsibility and you are responsible for obtaining all of the proper permits, inspections, licenses, and insurance. Take a look at our guide before you start your next construction project in Williston.
You will need a permit for most projects. For example, any new construction, addition, alteration, remodeling, plumbing, and mechanical projects all need permits. There are, however, a few exceptions that do not require permits. You do not need a permit for the following:
If you are still unsure if you need a permit, call the city at (701) 577-8115.
There are certain things that you need to get a permit. Requirements include the address and legal description of the property along with the intended use of the property. When you submit your application, you also need to provide the estimated cost, and the site plan showing the size and location.
Your permit will be valid for one year, and if the project is not finished in that time, you simply have to notify the city. If you do not notify the city, you have to get a new permit.
After you have obtained all the proper permits, you may begin building. During building, you need to schedule and pass a few inspections. These inspections allow the city to determine if everything is up to code. Request your inspection at least 24 hours before your desired appointment.
In North Dakota, if you want to do any contracting work with a valuation above $4,000, you need to get a license. There are a few different types of contractor licenses in North Dakota, and each one has its fee. A Class A license allows you to perform work valued over $500,000 per job and the fee is $450. Class B is up to $500,000 per job and costs $300. Class C goes up to $300,000 per job and costs $225. Finally, a Class D license allows you to do work up to $100,000 per job and has a fee of $100.
To get you license, you will also have to show proof that you have insurance. The types of insurance you need are liability coverage and workers’ compensation.
In many cases, you will need extra equipment to finish your construction job. You might need aerial equipment such as boom lifts, scissor lifts, forklifts, or manlifts. If you don’t need any of those, take a look at our earthmoving equipment like dozers, loaders, and excavators.