Planning and Zoning permits
Planning and Zoning staff are available to help you through the permit process, to save you time, money and effort! Contact us early and often when planning your project.
Planning and Zoning staff issue several types of permits. The City of Homer does not have a building inspection program and does not issue building permits. Click here for more information. However, Zoning permits are required prior to clearing, developing property, and new construction, including additions. Small accessory buildings such as tool sheds and greenhouses, under 200 square feet, detached from a main building, may be exempt from permitting but must still meet setback requirements. Still not sure if you need a permit? Give us a call or check out our brochure.
Common permits include:
- Zoning permit
- Driveway Permit (see public works)
- Water/sewer permits (see public works)
- Wetland documentation if there are wetlands on the property
Commercial permits include all of the above, and also require a state fire marshal certificate, a Development Activity Plan and Storm Water Plan (NOT the same as a state SWPPP for disturbing an acre or more) may also be required. A Fire Marshal Approval Letter is often needed for existing commercial buildings (7-years or older) that have not had a previous Fire Marshal Plan Review.
Usually, the zoning permit will only be issued if all other permits have been acquired and a copy supplied to the planning department. If everything is in order, permits are typically issued within 5-10 working days.
If your project requires a Conditional Use Permit or other approval requiring a public hearing in front of the Planning Commission, generally add at least two months to the timeline. Planning staff can discusss your specific project and timeline with you.
Who to contact
Army Corps of Engineers, Kenai Office (907) 283-3519. You can find out if your property has wetlands by submitting this form. If your property has any wetlands areas, this documentation will speed up the City permit process for you.
City of Homer Public Works, driveway, water and sewer permits 235-3170
State of Alaska DOT, driveway permits along state roads epermit system, or call 1-800-770-5263
Alaska State Fire Marshal Phone: (907) 269-5604
Other Service Providers. This list is provided for your convenience; the City of Homer does not verify the qualifications of these businesses. * denotes a local business in the Homer area. Other firms listed are generally located in the Kenai and Soldotna area.
*Ability Surveys, Gary Nelson 235-8440 surveying
*Alaska Infrared, Bill Walker 235-6838, 399-7707 Infrared inspections of roofs, walls for air and water leaks. Radon testing.
*Patrick Church 235-7388 surveying, as-builts
*Roger Imhoff 399-6295 surveying
*Seabright Surveying 235-4247 survey, engineering, DAP, SWP project permitting
*Mullikin Surveys 235-8975 surveying
McLane Consultants 283-4218 survey, engineering, DAP, SWP
Nelson and Associates 283-3583 survey, engineering, DAP, SWP project permitting
Taurianen Engineering 262-4624 engineering, DAP, SWP, drafting
*Coble Geophysical 235-1066 geophysical research and consulting (ground water studies, erosion, etc)
*USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 238-8177 Soil and natural resource consultants
*Harness Brothers Construction 299-2058 drafting
*Dutch Boy Landscaping 235-7140 landscaping
*Garden by Design 235-1900 landscaping and desing
*Ground Control 235-1521 Hydroseeding & bobcat work
Private Building Inspectors and Energy Raters
*Ted Veal 235-7461 Energy Rater
*Bill Steyer 399-1078 Energy Rater, Residential and Commercial
*Franco Venuti 235-7480 Residential & Commercial Building Inspector
Wisdom and Associates 235-6045 Residential & Commercial Building Inspector, Energy Rater
*Peninsula Home Inspections 756-1979 Residential Inspector