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Complete Building Permit Application

Provide drawings or plans of your proposed project. The drawings submitted with the permit application need to be detailed enough so that the staff reviewing them would be able to construct the project. If questions remain regarding how construction will occur, the drawings are not detailed enough. A minimum of three copies of all drawings with the following documentation, if applicable should be provided and must be drawn to scale and fully dimensioned:

  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plan(s)
  • Foundation Plan
  • Exterior/Interior Elevations
  • Cross Section(s)
  • Floor/Roof Framing Plan
  • Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical Drawings and Calculations
  • Energy Calculations

Building Permit Review

Once you submit your construction drawings with a complete permit application, a plan examiner will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local building code requirements. When your construction plans meet all requirements, a building permit is issued.

Obtain Building Permit

Now that you have been approved for a building permit, you have legal permission to begin construction in accordance with the International Codes, local Zoning By-laws and other applicable laws and regulations. A fee, based on the size of the job is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process.

On-site Inspections

Inspections are conducted to ensure the scope of work being completed conforms to local codes and City approved plans. During construction of your project, feel free to contact a certified building inspector to help minimize potentially costly mistakes.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Copy of the DI qualification letter
  • Copy of the DI business license
  • Approved and notarized copy of the DI contract and design fee receipt
  • Calculations and computational data for mechanical, electrical and civil design from the DI
  • Building construction drawings from the DI.
  • Layout drawings

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China
Department of Housing and Urban Information Center
Address: Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing on the 9th
Zip code: 100835
Tel: 86-10-58933575 (website) 58,934,114 (switchboard)
E-mail: [email protected]



In order to build a new house, or make improvements to an existing household, homeowners are more than likely required by the city or township to obtain a permit for the project.


Building permit fees are determined after review by the Building Inspector. You will be notified after the Building Permit has been issued.


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Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes.

Failure to obtain a permit can result in significant fines and penalties, and even demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code.

Required Information[edit]

  • Project information
  • Identification
  • Owner or lessees particulars
  • Architect or engineers particulars
  • Contractors particulars
  • Type of improvement and plan review
  • Proposed use of building
  • Selected-characteristics of building
  • Applicant information
  • Signature of applicant


Need for the Document[edit]

A building permit is a formal permission to begin the construction, demolition, addition or renovation on your property.

A building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding onto pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations.

Information which might help[edit]

A building permit is written approval from a registered building surveyor that your building project, home alteration, demolition, repair or removal is ready to commence. It indicates that your plans and specifications comply with council or safety regulations, and allows building work to start.

Local councils offer planning permits and provide all the application forms, but you may be encouraged to contact a building surveyor for the building permit (as theyll be the one doing the inspections).

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

A building permit is a document, required by state law, granting legal permission to start construction on a project.

External Links[edit]

Ministry of Land and Resources of the People's Republic of China

Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China

State Organs

People's Republic of China Construction Law


  • Councils can take some time to process applications, so be patient. You may have to attend a council meeting to plead your case.
  • If your application is rejected it may be possible to appeal. Be sure to talk to a professional first to make sure its worth your while
  • Make sure you know how long you have to complete your building works from the time of acquiring the permit so everyone stays on track.