Building Permit Fees

The City of Huntington requires all persons desiring to perform contracting work within city limits to be licensed with the City of Huntington to ensure capable and skilled craftsmanship utilized in construction projects in this state, both public and private, and fair bidding practices between competing contractors through uniform compliance with the laws of this city and state, and protection of the public from unfair, unsafe and unscrupulous bidding and construction practices.

Article 1711.05 Permit Required "Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit."

The City of Huntington Current Codes: IBC 2018, IPC 2018, NEC 2020, and Fire and Life Safety NFPA1-21 ed

Complete and return the Building Permit Application to the Permitting Office or email to

For questions about building permits, please contact Kim Estep, Permit Technician.

  • Phone: 304.696.5540 ext. 2003
  • Email:
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday | 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Building Permit Fee is determined by the cost of labor and materials for the project.  There is a $20.00 application fee for each Building Permit.

Building Permit Application

Building Permit Fee Schedule

Permitting Contract Policy

Date of Policy / Procedure Update: January 2, 2016

This Policy will ensure accurate and up-to-date information is being collected on projects throughout the city.


Effective January 2nd, 2016 there will be new criteria needed for persons applying for building permits. A copy of the official contract between the General Contractor and the person initiating the project must be provided to the permitting office.

The official contract(s) between the General Contractor and the subcontractors working on the project also need to be provided. These contracts should include the total amount (including labor and materials as applicable) each subcontractor and General Contractor will receive for the completion of the project. The contract(s) should also contain the name, phone number, and mailing address of the subcontractor or General Contractor.

If copies of the contracts cannot be provided when the permit is being issued, the permitting office may accept a copy of the “Notice to Proceed” form. These forms should reflect the information in the official contract and be provided for every contractor and subcontractor. If the contractor does not have a “Notice to Proceed” form a copy can be provided to them by the permitting office. If the contractor decides to use the “Notice to Proceed” form, the permitting office will need copies of the official contracts before Building Final will be issued.

These rules also apply to any subcontractor who has their subcontractors working on the same project. They too must supply copies of all official contracts between them, acting as General Contractors, and their subcontractors.

This policy can be waived under the discretion of the Supervisor of Inspections & Permits Division.

WV Division of Labor: Title 28 Procedural Rule Series 4 - Written Contracts for Service