Building Division

Start the permit process through our new collaborator portal. Both residential and commercial applications can be filled out from the comfort of your home or office. Building projects may require approval from multiple city departments, depending upon the nature and complexity of the project, including Community Development, Planning, Zoning, Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Inspection, Water Pollution Control, Natural Resources, and Legal. Our online project submission process will help move you through each requirement. Looking for rules regarding development in Starkville? Take a look at our Unified Development Code and Zoning Map

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Building Permits Required 

It shall be unlawful to commence the excavation for or the construction of any building or other structure, including accessory structures, or to store building materials or to erect temporary field offices, or to commence the moving, alteration, or repair of any structure, including accessory structures, until the Building Codes Official of the City has issued for such work a building permit including a statement that the plans, specifications, and intended use of such structure in all respects conform with the provisions of this Code.

Section 17.3 of the Unified Development Code

Duties & Responsibilities

The City of Starkville’s Building Division is responsible for reviewing building plans, issuing building permits, conducting building inspections, and issuing Certificates of Occupancy for construction and privilege licenses.

Permits shall be obtained prior to the commencement of all construction activities. Work done without a permit is subject to triple the permit cost and amongst other legal action.

Adopted Technical Codes

Technical Codes Adopted. For the purpose of establishing uniform rules and regulations this body hereby adopts codes for electrical, building, fire prevention, mechanical, plumbing, gas, property maintenance, swimming pool, and spa, all being incorporated herein by reference and referred to as the technical codes in this section. The technical codes are adopted in their entirety except for any deletions, additions, and modifications listed in this section. The following technical codes are adopted and are incorporated into the unified development code:

  • 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code, as amended.
  • 2021 edition of the International Building Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Residential Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Fire Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Mechanical Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Plumbing Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
  • 2021 edition of the International Exisitng Building Code.
  • ICC A117.1-2017 Accesible and Usable Buildings and Facilities

See Section 17.2 of the Unified Development Code for all deletions, additions, and modifications to the the adopted Technical Codes.