Permits & Inspections
The Permits and Inspections Department regulates and inspects construction for compliance with building code standards, manages floodplains within the City, provides code enforcement, and coordinates approval of construction plans with other departments.
- Code Enforcement Office manages building condemnation procedures and investigates complaints about zoning violations, inoperative vehicles, tall grass, trash and junk, substandard buildings, and property standards violations.
- Code of Ordinances
- Flood Plain Administration for properties inside Ruston is managed through the Permits and Inspection Office.It is the goal of the City of Ruston to promote awareness of floodplain management issues, to administer existing floodplain development ordinances, to address storm-water and drainage issues in new and existing developments, and to seek solutions to existing flood problems.
The City participates in a voluntary flood insurance program, the Community Rating System, which has given Ruston citizens a 5% discount on flood insurance premiums. The goals of the program are to (1) reduce flood losses; (2) facilitate accurate insurance rating; and (3) promote the awareness of flood insurance. Some of the City’s program activities are:
-Educational programs related to flood plains and flood insurance
-Educational information mailed to realtors
-Notification letters to owners of property in or near a flood plain
-Archives of floodplain determinations
-Copies of elevation certificates for properties built in the flood plain since December 15, 1991.
- Permits and Inspections Office regulates construction within Ruston. The primary function of inspections is safety. Work performed in Ruston must meet standards set by the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code. This office issues permits and performs inspections for construction work inside the City. A certificate of occupancy is issued after new construction is completed to the required code standards.
Required for new construction, alterations, repairs, or additions with an estimated cost greater than $1,000 or if the work is structural such as removal or replacement of supporting timbers. A Building Permit is also required for construction of a swimming pool, and for moving a building.
The permit applicant is held responsible for correcting any code violations. For that reason it is generally helpful to have the contractor, rather than the building’s owner, apply for the Building Permit.
- Electrical Permit
Required for installing, adjusting, relocating, removing or adding to your electrical systems beyond changing a fixture or hanging a ceiling fan.Only your licensed electrical contractor can apply for this permit.
- Mechanical Permit
Required for installing, repairing, or removing any fixed mechanical device such as a central or ducted air conditioning system or any fixed gas appliance.Only your licensed mechanical contractor can apply for this permit.
- Plumbing Permit
Required for installing, removing or replacing any pipe or plumbing fixture.Only your licensed master plumber can apply for this permit.
- Gas Permit
Required for installing, removing, or replacing gas piping, and for installing or replacing gas appliances.Only your licensed master plumber or a State-licensed mechanical contractor can apply for this permit.
Required for razing any permanent structure. The owner or contractor is responsible for arranging utility cutoffs prior to obtaining the demolition permit. The water and sewer lines must by capped by a licensed master plumber prior to issuance of the demolition permit.
Grading and Erosion Control Permit
Required for all land distrubing activities in accordance with City of Ruston Ordinance 1355 of 2001.
Moving Buildings Permit
Required for the placement of all structures including oversized accessory buildings and manufactered housing.
Sign and Billboards
Required for on premise and off premise signs or billboards.
Wireless Communication Towers
Required for all wireless communication facilities or media facilities.
Required for new construction that may be within a flood plain. An elevation certificate from a licensed land surveyor is required before construction can begin and again after completion of construction. This helps prevent flood losses for the structure owner.