Permits & Inspections

The Permits and Inspections Department regulates and inspects construction for compliance with building code standards, manages floodplains within the City, provides code enforcement, and coordinates approval of construction plans with other departments.


Pay Online

Pay Online with your Visa or Mastercard through the portal:

  1. Go to and login with your user account. 
  2. Click on the "Account" button at the top right section of the page.
  3. Scroll down to the "My Permits" section. Locate the permit number you wish to pay and click on "View Permit".
  4. Click on the "Payments" tab.
  5. Click on the "Pay Online" button near the bottom of the page to pay the balance with your Visa or MasterCard.
  6. Once you have completed processing your payment, the system will notify the Permit Department staff automatically. A staff person will contact you when the permit is ready for issuance.

Mail Payments (Check or Money Order)

City of Ruston
701 East Tennessee Ave.
Ruston, LA 71270

In Person

If you would like to pay fees at the permit office, please bring this invoice and your payment to:

City of Ruston
701 East Tennessee Ave.
Ruston, LA 71270
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Building Permit

Required for new construction, alterations, repairs, or additions with an estimated cost greater than $1,000 or if the work is structural such as removal or replacement of supporting timbers. A Building Permit is also required for construction of a swimming pool, and for moving a building.

The permit applicant is held responsible for correcting any code violations. For that reason it is generally helpful to have the contractor, rather than the building’s owner, apply for the Building Permit.

Trade Permits

Demolition Permit

Required for razing any permanent structure. The owner or contractor is responsible for arranging utility cutoffs prior to obtaining the demolition permit. The water and sewer lines must by capped by a licensed master plumber prior to issuance of the demolition permit. 

Grading and Erosion Control Permit

Required for all land distrubing activities in accordance with City of Ruston Ordinance 1355 of 2001.

Moving Buildings Permit

Required for the placement of all structures including oversized accessory buildings and manufactered housing. 

Sign and Billboards

Required for on premise and off premise signs or billboards.

Wireless Communication Towers

Required for all wireless communication facilities or media facilities.

Elevation Certificates

Required for new construction that may be within a flood plain. An elevation certificate from a licensed land surveyor is required before construction can begin and again after completion of construction. This helps prevent flood losses for the structure owner.



P.O. Box 2069 - Ruston, LA 71273 (318) 251-8621
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