Single Family Residential Building

Single Family Residential Building Process


Brian Head Town requires a building permit review process to secure the general purposes and objectives of the Land Management Code and ensure that the general appearance and public safety of buildings, structures, and development are harmonious and complementary to a mountain resort town. You must obtain a design review approval and a valid building permit from Brian Head Town for the following actions

  • Constructing a new single-family residential building
  • Addition to a single-family residential building which expands the footprint (including decks)
  • Structural, mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing alterations to a single-family residential building
Submittal Requirements

Permit Plans

  • Rooms labeled with dimensions
  • Window sizes and types
  • Roof Pitch
  • Appliances
  • Attic access location
  • Crawl space access location if applicable
  • Doors with sizes
  • Electrical Plan
    • Lights
    • Smoke Detector(s)
    • Carbon Monoxide Detector(s)
    • Subpanel
    • Main panel and size of service
    • GFCI locations
  • Plumbing Plans
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Water heater
  • Furnace (heat source)
  • Foundation Drainage plan

Soil/Geology Report 

  • Geologic Conditions Form
  • Geotechnical Report

Structural Plans:

Stamped by Utah Licensed Engineer

  • Footing size and bar placement
  • Foundation thickness and bar placement
  • Beam and header sizes
  • Nailing pattern
  • Bearing points
  • Structural member size and spans
  • Sheathing
  • Details with the information provided

Res check/Energy Code Compliance

  • Method which you will follow
  • 2015 RES check
  • 2012 Utah RES check- pass rate of 5% or better
  • Simulated Performance Alternative – R405
  • ERI (Energy Rating Index) – HERs Score

Elevation Views

  • Front
  • Side
  • Heights
  • Finish materials

This will be done by Brian Head Public Safety

  • Note that this may affect the Exterior materials that can be used.
    • See 2006 Utah Wildland Urban Interface code for more information.

Site Plan

  • Lot boundaries with dimensions and lot size
  • Setbacks to all property lines
  • Adjacent roads, Including names
  • Easements and Rights-of-way
  • Existing utilities
  • Proposed utilities and meter locations
  • Existing drainage and proposed drainage
  • Drainage Control plan during construction
  • Percentage of slope
  • Footprint of existing structures
  • Driveway (width, slope, material)
  • Footprint and sq. footage of proposed structures
  • Percentage of buildings footprint coverage
  • Elevation of foundation
  • Undisturbed area of lot with percentage
  • Construction staging area
  • Snow storage areas
  • Number of parking spaces
  • North Arrow Indicator
  • Defensible Space

Engineered Grading Plan:

Required on all lots with 25% slope or greater prepared and stamped by Utah Licensed Engineer.

  • Existing conditions, including:
    • Existing topography
    • Previously disturbed areas
    • Areas showing signs of a history of landslide or erosion
  • Proposed areas of disturbance
  • Existing and proposed surface drainage flow patterns
  • Location of existing and proposed utilities
  • Proposed cuts with slope measurements and heights
  • Proposed retaining walls with heights and lengths
    • Clearly show any tiering of walls with heights of each tier
    • Notes describing materials used for retaining walls
  • Proposed storm drainage infrastructure

Restoration and Landscaping Plan:

  • All disturbed, undisturbed, and landscaped areas
  • Areas where mature trees will be preserved
  • Locations of walls, walkways, patios, fences, trees, and other vegetation
    • Descriptions of materials used
  • Specification of species, variety, number and size of trees and shrubs
  • Description of restoration measures for remaining disturbed areas, including xeriscape and reseeding
  • North Arrow Indicator
  • Lot boundaries with dimensions and lot size

Building Bonus Contract: Any applicant wishing to build a home larger than 1,000 square feet footprint or over 25 feet high must sign and agree to abide by Brian Head Town’s Design Standards located in Land Management Code §9-12.

Design Elevations & Design Choices with Photos:

  • Illustrations of exterior structure designs (look on website for acceptable example)
  • Building height in feet NOT scale (measured from natural grade to the highest point of the building over the natural grade)
Building Height
  • Architectural style (including type and color of exterior materials to be used)
    • Exterior walls
      • Siding Types Materials and colors
      • Height of any exposed Foundations
        • Foundation over 4 feet high finish Type and colors
      • Decking and Railings Type and Colors
      • Post Columns Type and Color
      • Must include samples or pictures exterior materials
    • Roof material, color, and pitch
      • Must provide manufacturer’s Light Reflective Value (LRV) for metal roof
    • Type and style of exterior lighting (must be night sky friendly)

Insurance Information: The applicant will provide a certificate of insurance for the contractor. If work is undertaken in a Town right-of-way, the certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • $1,000,000 coverage
  • Brian Head Town named as additional insured

Required Permits & Approvals

  • Design Review Approval
  • Grading & Excavating Permit
  • Tree Removal Permit: Removing trees over 6” diameter
  • Retaining Wall Approval: Over 12’ height or 100’ length must be approved Planning Commission)
  • Building Permit

Review Process

  • Completed Application Submitted
  • Fees & Security Submitted
  • Town Planning & Building Review
    • Engineering Review
    • Wildland Urban Interface Evaluation
  • Town Design Approval
  • Structural Review
  • Building Permit Issued


  • Initial Grading / Tree Evaluation – (prior to commencing work)
  • Required Building Code Inspections
  • Water & Sewer Connections
  • Exterior Cladding Confirmation – (ensure materials match approved submittal prior to installation)
  • Re-seeding Inspection
  • Final Planning & Building Approval
  • Final Approval & Certificate of Occupancy
  • Security Release

Standards for Review

  1. The proposed uses, structure and site improvements shall conform to the following:
    • Town General Plan;
    • Zoning regulations of Title 9 Chapter 7 and other relevant sections of the Brian Head Town Code;
    • Applicable building codes as adopted by the State;
    • General design standards of Title 9 Chapter 12 of the Brian Head Town Code;
    • Other applicable laws.
  2. The design shall be sensitive to the constrains of topography, soil types, geologic hazards, watercourses and floodplains visual impacts and preservation of views.
  3. Utilities and services shall be available and adequate to meet the needs of the proposed structure and uses.
To Apply for a Building Permit
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