Building Inspections


The Building Inspection Division is dedicated to consistently protecting the general public by providing structural and life safety through the enforcement of Ordinances and Building Codes. These include: 

  • Building regulations
  • Floodplain administration
    • Preliminary floodplain Map
  • Addressing
  • Zoning administration and enforcement

Building Division Jurisdictions

The Community Development Department has planning, zoning, and building inspection authority within the City of Bismarck and the negotiated etraterritorial area (ETA).

On January 1, 2014 a revised extraterritorial area (ETA) boundary for the City of Bismarck went into effect. (Map) This ETA boundary was negotiated between the City and Burleigh County. The City also has a negotiated ETA boundary with Apple Creek Township.

In addition, as of January 1, 2014, Burleigh County discontinued its contract for planning services with the City of Bismarck. The Burleigh County Building/Planning/Zoning Department can be reached at (701)221-3727.

As of January 1, 2016 the City of Lincoln discontinued its contract for Building Inspections services with the City of Bismarck. All permits requested after December 31, 2015 will be processed through the City of Lincoln and the Burleigh County Building/Planning/Zoning Department. Building permit applications are to be submitted to the City of Lincoln offices at 74 Santee Rd., Lincoln, ND. Contact the City of Lincoln at 701-258-7969 or Burleigh County BPZ Department at 701-221-3727 for more information.

The Building Inspections Division will continue completing inspections in the City of Lincoln for all permits that have been issued by the City of Bismarck prior to January 1, 2016. If you currently have a permit with the City of Bismarck, please continue to contact the Building Inspections Division at 701-355-1465 to schedule your inspections.


The Building Division is located on the second floor of the City County Building at 221 North 5th Street.

Inspection Requests

Same day inspections will be scheduled based on the availability of the inspector. Any inspection request received after 3:30 PM will be scheduled for the following business day. Inspections cannot be scheduled until a permit is issued. Please call (701)355-1465 or use the City of Bismarck On-Line Permits-eTRAKIT system to schedule your inspection.