Building Department

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RESPONSIBILITIES

The Building Division is responsible for enforcement of the city's building, residential - commercial, property maintenance, nuisance and zoning codes.

PRIMARY ACTIVITIES

Primary Building Division activities include:
  • Ensuring that life safety codes and professional construction methods are adhered to during the construction process
  • Administering and coordinating all aspects of the residential and commercial building permit submittal, plan review, permit issuance, field inspections and escrow release processes
  • Ensuring that all residential and commercial properties are in compliance with the city's exterior property maintenance, nuisance and sign codes, Complaint Line (314) 835-6136.
  • Ensuring that St. Louis County provides quality permit issuance and field inspection services as they pertain to all electrical, plumbing and mechanical work completed within the city

APPLYING FOR PERMITS

  • Applying for permits can now be performed in person in the public works office at City Hall.  All visitors to City Hall are encouraged to sign in as they enter and are required to maintain social distancing.  The wearing of a mask is required.  All staff members that interact with the public are required to maintain social distancing.   Boxes in the lobby are available to drop off permit applications and plans if you are not comfortable with coming into the office.  
  • Permit applications, plans and payments can still be dropped off within the ADA/Elevator entry vestibule of City Hall. All necessary application forms are available within the vestibule and phone numbers are posted should you need assistance.

PLAN REVIEWS

  • Plan review times are approximately 7-10 business days, depending on the scope of the project.

RECEIVING APPROVED PERMITS AND MAKING PAYMENTS

  • Applicants will be notified via email or phone when their permit is ready to be picked up.  Approved permits can be picked up in person at City Hall.
  • Two forms of payment options are accepted for the fees listed below. 
  1. Permit fees can be paid with a credit card (Visa/Mastercard/American Express)
  2. Permit deposits (escrows) must be paid with a check, made payable to City of Des Peres, or cash.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/CODE ENFORCEMENT CONCERNS

  • The City will continue to respond to property maintenance concerns. Please call (314) 835-6136 to report a property maintenance issue.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to call or email City staff if they have any questions before coming to City Hall. For building permit and code enforcement questions, please call (314) 835-6130 or email mwhitwell@desperesmo.org or csmith@desperesmo.org