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Application for Building Permit / Plan Examination

  1. Requirements for Contractors

    The City of Fairmont requires the General Contractor and all Subcontractors to follow certain criteria on all construction projects in the City: All General Contractors and Subcontractors performing total contract job cost in excess of $2,499.99 must possess a West Virginia Contractor’s License obtained through the West Virginia Department of Labor (304) 558-7890. A copy of your company’s West Virginia Contractor License must accompany an application for a City of Fairmont Business License. All General Contractors and Subcontractors must possess a City of Fairmont Business License prior to commencing work. The Contractor Business License fee is $90.00 each fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. The City’s Business License application is available online.  Penalties and interruption of work can occur if work begins before a contractor is properly licensed. When a subcontractor who is hired by the General Contractor also hires Subcontractors to assist them in their portion of the project, they will be acting as a “general contractor” for that particular phase of the project and will be held to the same requirements as the General Contractor. They must make sure their Subcontractors are licensed with the State and with the City to avoid penalty or interruption of work. The General Contractor should inform any Subcontractors that Business & Occupation Tax applies to all contracts and subcontracts. All Contractors are required to pay Business and Occupation Tax at the rate of 2.0% of the gross contract amount. The City’s Business & Occupation Tax form is available online. A tax form must be filed as long as the contractor maintains a registration to work in the City. A penalty imposed for late filed tax returns at a rate of .05% for the first 30 days and an additional .01% each successive 30 days is accrued on delinquent returns. The City requires the General Contractor and/or owner to supply General Contractor/Sub-Contractor Report Forms at the start of the project and a final report at the end of the project. These forms provide total contract amounts, dates and amounts of disbursements for the work performed by the General Contractor, as well as the work performed by any Subcontractors they pay directly who are working on the project. It is the City’s policy that the Building Inspection/Code Enforcement Department will not schedule a final use and occupancy inspection on properties until the Business & Occupation Tax Manager receives a completed, Final General Contractor/Subcontractor Report. SPECULATIVE BUILDERS: On speculative properties, the speculative builders will also be required to possess a West Virginia Contractor’s License and City of Fairmont Business License. Business & Occupation Tax will be paid at the retail rate of .3900% on the total price of the home at the time of sale and transfer of property. At the time you file a tax return for a speculative build, please note the address and amount of sale on the back of the tax form. All subcontractors will be subject to Business & Occupation Tax at a rate of 2.0%. Tax and license report forms are available at our website If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Susan Garrison, Business & Occupation Tax Manager at 304-366-6212 Ext. 323, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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  3. Terms of Electronic Signature

    By signing this form electronically, you have agreed to conduct a transaction by electronic means and your electronic signature will satisfy any legal signature requirement. This transaction will not be denied legal effect or enforceability because this signature and/or transaction was conducted in electronic form. I hereby certify that work is authorized by the owner of record and I have been authorized by the owner to make this application as their authorized agent and we agree to conform to all applicable laws of this jurisdiction.

  4. Permit Valid for 180 Days From Issue Date

    Before digging or otherwise disturbing the earth, call Miss Utility at 800-245-4848, or 811 to notify many buried facility owners. It's a free service and "it's the law in West Virginia."

  5. Roof / Siding / Remodeling / Demolition Work Only

    As owner or authorized agent of owner, I understand that the State of West Virginia has laws regulating the inspection and abatement of asbestos-containing materials and that I am responsible for the abatement of any such material prior to remodeling, demolition or the removal of roofing materials per state law.

  6. Electrical Service Work Only

    As owner or authorized agent of owner, I understand that Mon Power has rules and regulations governing meter and service drop attachment locations and I will meet with a Mon Power representative for these locations prior to an inspection by the City of Fairmont.

  7. Swimming Pool / Hot Tub / Spa Permits Only

    As owner or authorized agent for owner, I acknowledge receipt of the ICC (International Code Council) Code requirements (also part of the West Virginia State Building Code) for general installation of swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. I agree to install, construct, alter or modify said swimming pool / hot tub / spa in accordance with said codes.

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