Inspections Hero


“The inspections department will no longer be storing plans with Record Keepers. If the public would like to retain plans that may be stored with Record Keepers please contact the Inspections office and request the documents. Contact information is on the city of Fargo website.”

Commercial Plan Submittal Requirements

Required Plans

One (1) complete digital set
One (1) set of complete wet-stamped plans with original signature, including construction plans and specifications and one (1) digital set.

Apply for your permit online through our [permit portal] ( "permit portal")

Documents Required for Filing

Partial plans and/or failure on your part to provide the minimum documents may result in delays in the routing / review and permitting process. These need to include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Professional design is required for new building projects if:
    • The complexity warrants it by the estimation of the reviewer;
    • The project is more than two (2) stories, inclusive of basement and with consideration given for the presence of a mezzanine;
    • The project includes Group A, E, I, or H occupancies; and/or
    • The project is 10,000 square feet or more and is not classified as Group S or U occupancy.
    • The value of the project is $500,000 or more.
  2. Professional design is required for projects involving remodeling or additions if:
    • The International Existing Building Code is utilized;
    • The existing building or addition is over two (2) stories;
    • The project includes Group A, E, I, or H occupancies;
    • A change of occupancy will result;
    • The value of project is $250,000 or more or exceeds 50% of the Fargo Assessor’s market value of the existing structure, except in Group R-3 or U occupancy; and/or
    • The complexity warrants design based on the estimation of the reviewer.
  3. Plans submitted that were prepared by a design professional must have an original wet stamp and the signature of the designer. Please use this as a checklist to ensure that you have included all of the necessary information:
    • One completed Application.
    • Title sheet and index including a Code Summary.
    • Civil Site plan showing dimensioned location of building to all property lines and to all existing buildings on the property, as well as width of any streets, access roadways or easements bordering the property. These are to include a site plan showing paving and grading plans, utility plans, landscape plans, i.e. hydrants, storm inlets, etc.
    • Fire and life safety plan along with an egress and exiting plan showing graphically or by legend the occupant load, exit path, location and rating of building elements such as fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, fire-resistive corridors, smoke barriers, stair enclosures, shaft enclosures and horizontal exits.
    • Foundation and basement plans and details.
    • Dimensioned floor plans for all floors.
    • Wall elevations of all exterior walls including adjacent ground elevation.
    • Sections and details of walls, floors and roof, showing dimensions, materials.
    • Structural plans and elevations showing size and location of all members, truss designs showing all connection details, and stress calculations.
    • Room finish schedule showing finishes for walls, ceilings and floors in all rooms, stairways, hallways and corridors.
    • Kitchen Plans, these include specifications and cut sheets.
    • Door schedule showing material, size, thickness and fire-resistive rating for all doors.
    • Electrical plans, diagrams, details and grounding of service entrance and power or lighting information required for energy conservation.
    • Plumbing plans showing location of fixtures, risers, drains, and piping isometrics.
    • Fire protection plans showing type of system, location of sprinkler heads, standpipes, hose connections, fire pump, riser and hanger details.