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Building Safety

Building for a safe community

The Building Safety Mission: Guide safe construction and responsible development for the community.   

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Hours of Operation
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

NOTE: On Wednesdays, the Permit Counter has limited service from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. and plan review has limited service until 10 a.m. to facilitate consistency meetings. Permit submittals [new applications, change orders, etc.] must be received in the permit office before 4 p.m. Please call the Building Safety office at 343-8301 if you cannot make the 4 p.m. deadline, as we may be able to make arrangements to accommodate a late submittal. 

Emergency Retrofits/Repairs: Please see information on the Building Safety Permitting page for how to get an emergency inspection of a replaced or repaired electrical service and also on how to use the retrofit hotline for emergency replacement of water heaters, boilers and other failed equipment. Please see information on the page for emergency after-hours permitting and electrical inspections for disconnected utilities.

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Contractor's Contact List

If you would like to be added to our contact list for policy changes and updates please email us at with your contact information, phone numbers, email address, etc. All information provided is confidential unless otherwise stated.

We are currenly working under the 2009 codes.

"Lead-Safe" Requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency requires that renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities, and schools must be performed by an EPA Certified Renovator working for an EPA Certified Firm and specific work practices must be implemented to prevent lead contamination. More information is available at
1-800-424-LEAD [5323] or

Office in Eagle River

Development Services now has a branch office in Eagle River at 12001 Business Blvd. Walk-in hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you need an appointment outside these hours, call 343-8335 to schedule a time. Services provided through this office are:

  • Land use permit application and issuance
  • Right-of-way and land use code interpretation
  • Right-of-way and zoning inspections
  • Coordination of other Development Services Department activities to meet the needs of the Eagle River community

Call Before You Dig!

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Here's what you need to know first:

Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs.

Important Information About Grading Requirements, Landscaping and Driveway Standards in the Terraces Subdivision

Click here for important information about the Terraces subdivision BEFORE any excavations are performed on this property.

Landscaping and Driveway Standards

All landscaping and driveways must comply with these standards. To avoid unnecessary costs please read these directions prior to planning, constructing or installing driveways or landscaping.

Information on Contractor Licensing

Before you hire a contractor for your remodeling, electrical, plumbing/mechanical, or construction project, check our new municipal licensing website to insure the company you hire is fully licensed and bonded. Licensed contractors have a general contractors and municipal license, and must prove they have the proper training, general liability insurance, and bonding for their state license. The traditional "handyman" is not required to have any training or insurance. If a property owner hires an unlicensed contractor and one of the workers causes damage or is injured on the job, the property owner may be held personally liable. Protect yourself; insure your contractor is licensed and bonded. Check our new licensing website.

The Development Services Division takes great effort to provide secure, accurate, and complete information on this web site. Updates happen frequently. Please contact our office at any time with questions.

    • Building Safety
    • Director : Jerry Weaver
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 343-8301
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