If you’d like to build anything in Provo, you’ve come to the right place. We've explained below the role of each city department or division involved in the building process. Begin the application process by determining if your project is Residential or Commercial. On the Residential and Commercial pages of our website you will find guidelines for various types of residential and commercial projects and information on how to start your project.
Provo is the home of seven Fortune 500 companies, and 6 of the 100 fastest growing companies in Utah*. With our highly educated workforce, large young professional population, strong universities, obvious entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding quality of life, this is the place for you to start and grow your business. As a plus to building in Provo, we have very low unemployment, low utility rates and favorable taxes.
* (Mountain West Capital Network 2013 list of the top 200 fastest growing companies in Utah)
The Planning and Zoning Divisions will review your plans to determine if the use is appropriate for the zone, and if your project meets certain requirements such as parking, setbacks, and lot coverage.
The Building Division will review your plans to make sure that they meet the requirements of the adopted building codes, then inspect your project at various stages of development to ensure the safety of the structure. You are welcome to contact our department for any questions regarding your project.
This department reviews these proposed projects for things such as: ensuring all street improvements conform to city standards; reviewing all subdivision plats to ensure their accuracy for recording, including all easements and property descriptions; checking all water, sewer, and storm drain utilities to ensure that the proposed utility improvements meet City Standards and that capacity is available in the existing infrastructure; checking to ensure that the placement of all sanitation collection bins are accessible. This department also reviews all projects for construction on hillside slopes, no build zones and any necessary traffic studies.
The Public Works Department also handles all excavation permits and inspections involving the installation or repair of water, sewer and storm drain mains and services that may or may not be a part of a development project. All fees related to Water, Sewer, Storm Water, Street and Traffic are also calculated and applied by this department.