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Building Code Enforcement

Anyone within our jurisdiction who is planning any type of construction, moving a manufactured home or any other structure on their property, will need to obtain a permit from the Rapides Area Planning Commission.  This includes adding on to an existing structure or remodeling,  The permitting process originated in ACT 12 of the first extraordinary session of 2005 implemented the first statewide residential building codes, the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code.

(R.S. 40:1730.22) The state uniform construction code establishes uniform performance standards providing reasonable safeguards for health, safety, welfare, comfort, and security balanced with affordability for the residents of this state who are occupants and users of buildings and provides for the use of modern methods, devices, materials, and techniques.

 

Fee Schedules

Permit Reports

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What's the next step?

On this page you will find the information on how to obtain permits issued by the Rapides Area Planning Commission along with other  information to help you through the permit process.

ATTENTION:

Before any of the steps below can be taken you must first have an Address. Information in obtaining an address can be found by clicking HERE.

  • Step 1

    Obtain construction permit application from the local permit office and submit the application along with construction plans, and any required prior approvals (i.e. flood zone, zoning approval, and sewer approval). Engineered drawings may be required for structural steel construction or any construction outside the scope of the 2012 IRC ($200.00 plan review fee will be due at this time). See the Minimum Residential Plan Submittal Requirements sheet.

  • Step 2

    The code official and inspectors will review the application and drawings for code compliance. If any more information is required, the inspector will contact you.

  • Step 3

    The permit Office will contact you when the application/permit is approved and ready to be picked up. All permit/inspection fees are due at this time. See the Residential Fee Schedule sheet.

     

  • Step 4

    You are now ready to start construction. Please request inspections 1 business day* in advance. Inspection requests can either be phoned or faxed into the office. At each inspection, the inspector will leave an inspection notice and sticker notifying you of the result of the inspection. Once an inspection has been approved, you may move onto the next phase. See the Residential Inspection Guidelines sheet.

  • Step 5

    When all final inspections have been approved, a certificate of occupancy will be signed and sent to you from the building official.

     

     

     

Residential

Permit Forms - Residential

  • Step 1

    Obtain construction permit application from the local permit office and submit the application along with construction plans, and any required prior approvals (i.e. flood zone, zoning approval, sewer approval, and approved state fire marshal’s approved plan review).

  • Step 2

    The building official will review the application and State Fire Marshal approved plans for uniform construction code compliance. There MUST be two sets of plans brought to building official: 1. The plan the fire Marshal reviewed. 2. The plan for the Building official to review. See the Minimum Commercial Plan Review Requirements sheet. The building official will contact you when the application and plans are approved and ready to be picked up.  All permit/inspection fees are due at this time.  See the fee schedules at the top of this page.

     

     

  • Step 3

    You are now ready to start construction. Please request inspections 24 hours in advance.  At each inspection, the inspector will leave an inspection notice and sticker notifying you of the result of the inspection.  Once an inspection has been approved, you may move onto the next phase.  See the Commercial Inspection Guidelines sheet.

     

  • Step 4

    When all final inspections have been approved, a certificate of occupancy will be signed and sent to you from the building official.

Commercial

Permit Forms - Commercial

  • Step 1

    Step 1. If your property does not have an assigned 911 address one will be issued to your property at the Rapides Area Planning Commission. You must either have a survey of your property, or a Property plat that can be obtained in the Alexandria courthouse in the Rapides Parish Tax Assessors office for free.

  • Step 2

    If your property does have an address or you have acquired one from The Planning Commission, you must go to the health department to obtain a sewer permit for all new and existing septic systems.

         Sewer Approval Requirements

         i. Proof of Ownership

         ii. Property Owner Signature

         iii. Physical Address

         iv. Site Inspection

         v. Checklist &State tag from installer

     

     

  • Step 3

    Obtain this Manufactured Home Information for your permit. Serial Number or Vin Number Size Make & Model Year HUD Label # (Red/Silver Tag) Tax ID (Black/White Sticker) All existing homes inside Rapides Parish have this ID. ALL new homes or homes bought outside Rapides Parish will be issued this ID at RAPC.

     

  • Step 4

    Bring your Sewer Permit back to RAPC and start the permit process. Manufactured Home Permits are $125.00 and this fee must be paid before the permit is issued. This payment covers development fee, permit fee, and inspection fee. Inspections will be scheduled upon request of the customer via ONLINE PORTAL or by phone at 318.487.5401. In case of failed inspection, an inspection report will be left on the property detailing items to be corrected. After corrections, customer must call for re-inspection.

Manufactured Home

*After two failed Inspections, a $75 re-inspection fee will be due prior to further inspections.

 

**After a passed inspection, inspector will email the power company within 24 hours to connect power or for a reinspection.

 

 

 

Licensing and certifications

 

Home Improvement Registration: The Louisiana Legislature enacted Act No. 1146 which requires all residential improvement contractors who perform work on a residence in an amount of $7,500 and above to register with the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. If there are questions concerning this matter, please contact Ms. Bertha Jenkins, Supervisor of the Residential Licensing Division at (225-765-2301)

 

Licensing: The Louisiana Legislature enacted Act 724 which requires that the building permit applicant produce proof that he possesses an active, applicable contractor’s license, or that the proposed building activity is exempt from such licensure. If claiming an exemption for residential construction, the applicant must execute an affidavit attesting to the claimed exemption on a form provided by the Licensing Board. If there are questions concerning this matter, please contact Charles G. Marceaux, Executive Director at (225-765-2601, ext 221)

 

For more information on licensing and registration through the State Contractors Board, please visit

 Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC)

 

Have you obtained your certification through the Department of Revenue? For further information, visit

Louisiana Department of Revenue

 

Licensing Board of Contractors

Rapides Area Planning Commission

1405 Frank Andrews Boulevard

Alexandria, Louisiana 71303