Building Division

Public Input on Building Permit Process

In November 2020, the Creve Coeur City Council established a new Building Permit Task Force to identify areas of concern and opportunities for improvement within the City’s building and permit inspection services to better meet the needs of the community. The Building Permit Task Force has 10 appointed members consisting of representatives from various Creve Coeur boards, committees and City Council that meet monthly to review the City’s building permitting and inspection services.

The Building Permit Task Force is hosting a virtual public forum for residents on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., as well as a virtual public forum for contractors on Tuesday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m. During the public forum, attendees will have an opportunity to share feedback on their experience with the permitting process, as well as share suggestions for improvements.   

Building Permit Public Forum for Residents
Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Join the Zoom Public Forum
Or call in at 1-301-714-8592 / Webinar ID: 827-7683-0136
Register in advance to provide comments during the public forum.

Building Permit Public Forum for Contractors
Tuesday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join the Zoom Public Forum
Or call in at 1-301-715-8592 / Webinar ID: 830-1517-4730
Register in advance to provide comments during the public forum.

Creve Coeur residents are also encouraged to provide feedback through an online survey, available through Friday, June 4.

On an ongoing basis, the City also collects feedback from residents and contractors about the permitting process through a survey sent at the conclusion of each permitting application. Using this existing survey data, as well as the citizen input collected through the public forum and online survey, the Building Permit Task Force will develop a final report at the end of its one-year term with recommendations for improving the permit applicant’s overall experience.



Updated 8/24/20: The Building Division is accepting permit applications, issuing permits, performing inspections, and responding to code enforcement concerns; however, our procedures have changed.  Below is important information regarding these revised procedures. Please check back for updates.

Applying for Permits

  • Applying for permits can now be performed in person at the Building Division counter at the Government Center.  All visitors to the Government Center are encouraged to sign in as they enter and are required to maintain social distancing.  The wearing of a mask is required.  All staff members that interact with the public are required to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.   There are separated tables for applicants to complete application forms in the lobby.  Boxes in the lobby are available to drop off permit applications and plans.  All documents are subject to a 24-hour quarantine; therefore, Staff will not be handling any documents until after the quarantine period.
  • All necessary application forms are available within the lobby.

Plan Reviews

  • Plan reviews are being done in house. The plans examiners will continue to respond to emails and their desk phones have been transferred to their cell phones. Plan review comments will be made via email to the applicant. The applicant may request a video conference with their plans examiner to discuss their plan review comments.


  • All required inspections are currently being performed.
  • For residential inspections, City inspectors are not permitted to enter an occupied home where residents are sick, under quarantine, or if there may be other reasons to believe that it is unsafe to complete the inspection. 
  • On the job-site, City inspectors are required to wear a mask, to avoid touching any surfaces and will maintain social distancing while performing the inspections. Please note, the City inspector may direct the contractor to prepare an area for the inspection in advance prior to entering the premises so that their time is limited on the site.

Receiving Approved Permits and Making Payments

  • Applicants will be notified via email or phone when their permit is ready to be picked up.  Approved permits can be picked up in person at the Government Center
  • Two forms of payment options are accepted for the fees listed below. 
  1. For required escrows and applications fees, you will need two separate checks made payable to City of Creve Coeur. 
  2. Effective October 5, 2016, credit cards (we only accept MasterCard/Visa/Discover) are now accepted with a 3.4% convenience fee added to each transaction. 
    **All credit card escrow payment will be refunded via a City of Creve Coeur check, we are unable to credit the card back.**

Property Maintenance/Code Enforcement Concerns

  • The City will continue to respond to property maintenance concerns. Please call (314) 442-2085 to report a property maintenance issue.

Apartment Re-Occupancy Inspections

  • Currently, the City is performing re-occupancy inspections for vacant apartment units. As with any inspection within a residential unit, the City inspector will take extra precautionary measures while performing the inspection, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
  • The city will NOT make apartment re-occupancy inspections for any apartment dwelling units that have been re-occupied prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy by the city.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to call or email City staff if they have any questions before coming to the Government Center. For building permit and code enforcement questions, please call (314) 872-2500 or e-mail


The Building Division is responsible for enforcement of the city's building, residential-mechanical, property maintenance, nuisance and zoning codes.

Primary Activities

Primary Building Division activities include:
  • Ensuring that life safety codes and professional construction methods are adhered to during the construction process
  • Administering and coordinating all aspects of the residential and commercial building permit submittal, plan review, permit issuance, field inspections and escrow release processes
  • Ensuring that all residential and commercial properties are in compliance with the city's exterior property maintenance, nuisance and sign codes, Complaint Line (314) 442-2085
  • Ensuring that St. Louis County provides quality permit issuance and field inspection services as they pertain to all electrical, plumbing and commercial mechanical work completed within the city

Public Notice of New City Codes (Effective May 1, 2020)