Inspection Information

Obtain a Building Permit
To apply for a Building Permit for residential construction, the builder/contractor must furnish the city with the following:

  1. Builder / Contractor shall be bonded with the City of Canton ($5,000 or .5%, whichever is greater).
  2. Builder / Contractor shall be licensed with the State of Mississippi where required by state law.
  3. Builder / Contractor shall submit two sets of plans. Building plans shall include the following:
    • Front, rear, left and right architectural elevations.
    • Foundation, Framing and Floor plans with details.
    • Plot plan showing setbacks, drainage, finished floor elevation, base flood elevation, erosion control, all proposed above-ground construction of accessory uses (fences, pools, antenna, etc.).
    • Clearance from CMU for utilities. (601-859-2474)
  4. Subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) must hold a current / valid master’s license from the city of Canton or any approved city or county.
  5. Number of bedrooms, bathrooms, heated square footage, and cost of construction (not including lot) shall be provided.
  6. Payment of all fees and charges is due at the time the permit is issued.
Renovations, Additions, & Accessory Structures
You must obtain a building permit before beginning a renovation, addition, or accessory structure. A permit is also required for ready-to- install structures (such as storage sheds). Please contact the Building and Development Office for additional information.

Nine Inspections
The Building Department performs the following nine inspections:
  1. Setback and Site Inspections: Check with the Building and Permit office for appropriate setback requirements in your area. Erosion control measures shall be installed to protect all downhill properties prior to setback inspection.
  2. Rough Plumbing: Inspection of all building sewer lines prior to covering with dirt.
  3. Sewer: All sewer connections to city taps will require a Fernco adapter or equal.
  4. Foundation: When completely ready for concrete, after rough grading of lot for drainage. If the structure is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, then a Certification of Elevation shall be required before a foundation inspection can occur.
  5. Gas: With mercury gauge or air gauge installed.
  6. Framing: Before insulation and sheet-rock is installed. Roofing, rough electrical, plumbing (top out), HVAC rough shall be complete.
  7. Fireplace: When firebox is completed, but before chimney is built.
  8. Electrical Final: When all circuits are terminated, trim-out hardware is installed, and air conditioner compressor connected.
  9. Final: After building, landscaping, fencing, etc. are complete. No one shall occupy any building until a final inspection has been performed and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. Such person (s) not complying may be found guilty of a misdemeanor.
All inspections will be done within a reasonable time frame (usually within 24 hours of the time it is called in.) A $15 re-inspection fee will be charged for any inspection requested, but not ready when the inspector arrives.