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St. Louis County Helpful Guides & Information

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Residential Guides

All the residential guides for single family, two-family, townhouses and their accessory structures are written to assist the homeowners and contractors in proper plan submission to obtain permits through St. Louis County. All permit applications submitted on or after July 1, 2020 are required to be constructed using the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) as adopted by St. Louis County. This office is in the process of updating all the residential guides listed below. If the guide has been updated, the 2015 IRC will be noted on the cover sheet of the guide. If the cover sheet of a particular guide does not indicate the 2015 IRC on its cover, it has not been updated. Since code updates are minimal when compared to the amount of information provide in a particular guide, we do not remove the older handouts from this web page while the handout is undergoing an update. The applicant should be aware that when using one of the older residential guides for their project, a revision may be necessary to address new code requirement(s).

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Lead Paint Renovation, Repair & Painting

  • For information concerning lead paint renovation, repair and painting on pre-1978 homes, schools and day care centers, click here for [pdf] Consumers or here for [pdf] Contractors.