Building FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  I want to put a storage shed on my residential property. Do I need a permit?

A:   If the storage shed is less than 120 square feet, generally 10’ X 12’, you do not need a building permit.

Q:  I need need a carport for my vehicle. Do I need a permit?

A: Yes. A building permit is required.

Q:  Do I need a contractors license to put an addition and porch on my house?

A:  If the home is your principle place of residence, you can obtain a homeowner’s permit to construct or alter the residence without the need for a contractors license.

Q:  Do I need an architect to draw my plans for a new home or an addition to my existing home?

A:   No. You may draw you own plans or hire a draftsman to complete them for you.

Q: Can you recommend a good contractor?

A: The San Juan County Building Division cannot recommend or endorse specific contractors. However, we can verify that the contractor is licensed in the State of New Mexico.

Q:  How long is my permit valid?

A:  Permits expire one (1) year from the date of issuance. If an individual wishes, they may extend their permit for an additional year by renewing it prior to expiration for an amount equal to half the original permit fee.

Q:  I want to get a permit, but I am afraid my taxes will skyrocket because of the cost of my project. What can I do?

A:  The estimated cost of your project does not determine the taxable amount you will be assessed. Permits are utilized to insure that your safety and the safety of others is not compromised.

Q:  What are the requirements for a permanent foundation for my mobile home?

A:  The requirements for mobile homes are administered by the State of New Mexico Manufactured Housing Division. The County Building Division has no jurisdictional authority for mobile home foundations, however, Floodplain approval and moving permits are required by other County Departments.

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