Building Department


Charles Oliver, Building Official


First Floor of City Hall located at 688 Hwy 90 Bay St. Louis, MS  39520

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Telephone:  (228) 469-0531




: To provide efficient, effective and openly responsive customer service to all citizens with a courteous and friendly attitude.

Bay St. Louis is a building friendly city, but does follow the rules as outlined in the codes adopted by its City Council.  There is a staff member available to assist in your planning, by appointment or occasionally by chance. It is a one-stop shop for information, permits and guidance for residential or commercial building within the expanded city limits, including, the new territory annexation approved by the courts in 2006.  The old adage, “measure twice, cut once” applies to the Building Department.  Ask questions first; don’t pay a higher price later.

The Building Official, supported by a staff of two Inspectors, which are also Plans Reviewers, a Certified Floodplain Manager and Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator.  Along with one Permit Clerk, the Building Department has instituted a system of customer service and convenience for the permit application process, plans review and inspections for new buildings or renovations.

A Code Enforcement Officer is also on staff to inspect complaints of violations to the City’s property maintenance, zoning ordinances, or building codes.


Click on any of the following downloads for preliminary information you will find helpful to commence your building activities.




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