How to Obtain Construction Permits for Steel Structures

Metal buildings serve a wide range of purposes and are a convenient and affordable option for storage buildings, commercial buildings, residential buildings, and more.

At SteelCo Buildings Inc., we are dedicated to helping our valued clients through every step of choosing and installing a prefabricated metal building, including the process of obtaining the necessary permits. To help you better understand what will be required to obtain a construction permit for steel structures, we’ll take a closer look at the process and what SteelCo does to help.

Requirements for Obtaining a Construction Permit for a Metal Building

Obtaining the necessary permits for installing a metal building is a simple and straightforward process. However, it is worth noting that it can be a lengthy process, it can take an extended period of time for a permit to be issued after the application has been completed. In order to apply for a construction permit for a metal building, you typically need:

  • Your property deed
  • A description of where the structure will be located on your property
  • The size and intended use of your structure

Foundation plans that have been stamped and certified by an engineer that is licensed in your state (SteelCo can furnish Foundation Plans for most states)Verify with your local permitting office what is required.

How SteelCo Makes it Easy to Obtain a Construction Permit

Unfortunately, obtaining a construction permit is the responsibility of the individual purchasing a prefabricated metal building and must be done before the building can be installed. With that said, though, we at SteelCo make the process of obtaining a building permit easy and straightforward by working with our customers to ensure that your building will meet the necessary codes of your area included with our engineered stamped plans. Building codes are changed from time to time, so it is the responsibility of the customer to verify the codes and loads with their permitting office. In addition to providing you with everything you need to make the process of obtaining a building permit as quick and easy as possible, we at SteelCo are also happy to walk you through the process and lend our expertise should any issues arise.


Preliminary plans (or permit drawings) typically arrive two to three weeks after you order your building, and six to seven weeks prior to your building delivery (depending on manufacturing capacity). Once the building order is placed, the building is scheduled into production. SteelCo offers a PERMIT HOLD option when ordering your building. This option allows you to order the building permit drawings and delay putting the building into production until authorized by the customer. You can submit permit drawings to your permitting office and ensure that your building permit will be approved or give you an opportunity to make changes to meet the local codes, prior to your building being manufactured. Permit drawings can be provided to your Erector or GC in order to get more accurate quotes on your steel erection. Also, with permit drawings, you can order your foundation plans. Foundation plans will also allow you to get more accurate quotes from your concrete subcontractor. The PERMIT HOLD option requires a minimum out-of-pocket expense and allows you to mitigate some risk while providing enough information to get more solid numbers for your total project. The PERMIT HOLD option does not lock in pricing, as steel, insulation and other material pricing does fluctuate. SteelCo will notify you 15 days prior to any prices increases.

When you purchase a metal building from SteelCo Buildings Inc., you can rest assured that your building will pass all requirements and likewise rest assured that we will be there to help through every step of the process. To learn more about the high-quality metal buildings that we offer at SteelCo, be sure to contact us today!


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