See a map of the ETJ
The goal of the building inspector is to ensure safe construction for the citizens of Silver City.
To ensure this safety the Town of Silver City requires a building permit for most residential and commercial construction. Please see the Town of Silver City Permit Guide for Residential Construction for additional guidance on what construction does and does not need a permit. If your project may disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 please use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices. For more information on lead-safe practices please read the Renovate Right brochure.
For all other questions and to apply for building permits in the Town of Silver City and the surrounding three mile area of its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) contact David Farley at (575) 534-6351, Mobile (575) 313-3375 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETJ area maps are available for review at the link above or for purchase in the Community Development Department.
For building permits outside the Town and its ETJ area contact Construction Industries Division (CID) in Las Cruces at (575) 524-6320. This office of CID also manages permit applications and inspections for the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical trades.
Building permits issued through the CID office in Las Cruces for construction in the ETJ area will not replace the requirement for building permits issued by the Town of Silver City.
Applications for building permits are available at the Community Development Department, which is located in the Town’s city hall annex building at 1203 N. Hudson Street. Building Permit Applications are also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format for downloading.
Building permit fees for a project with a valuation (materials and labor costs) of $5,000 or less is $15 plus a $3 plan review fee where applicable; with a valuation of $5,000 to $10,000 it is $25 plus a $3 plan review fee; and for projects valued at $10,000 or more, the fee is $2.50 per $1,000 or fraction thereof, plus a 25% plan review fee.
Permits for sewer (or septic) systems and water taps are required before a building permit will be issued. Visit the Utilities Department web page for more information and for application forms. To apply contact the Utilities Department at (575) 534-6365 or visit the city hall annex building at 1203 N. Hudson Street on the first floor.