Work that Requires a Permit
The Building Division receives numerous phone calls with questions about what type of repair items require building permits.
Items the Do Not Require Building Permits
There are only a few items in the Building Code that are allowed to be repaired or constructed without the benefit of a building permit. These are as follows:
- Retaining walls less than three feet in height and three feet away from the property line or other structures.
- Sheds less than 120 square feet in area.
- Decks less than 30 inches above the ground.
- Flat concrete work. (Driveway work does require a permit)
Items that Require Building Permits
Some of the items that require building permits and inspections are:
- Installation of a new roof
- Installation of a furnace and / or an air conditioner
- Installation of a water heater
- Installation of vinyl siding
- Installation of a new front door
- Replacement and repairs to weather damaged siding
- Installation of exterior stucco
- Overhead patio structures (either attached or detached)
- Patio enclosures.
- Storage buildings over 120 square feet
- Carports for additional parking
- Bathroom and kitchen remodel/repairs
- Any electrical work
- All plumbing except the repair of fixtures
- Any construction which adds to the floor area or volume of an existing structure
- Area increases over 500 square feet require that school fees be paid
Remodels / Repairs
- Any structural modifications
- Any modifications to the weather / moisture protection of an existing structure such as disturbing the exterior finish to replace a window or the adding of stucco of an existing exterior siding.
- Any modifications to, the electrical wiring, the plumbing system or the mechanical system in a structure
Decks / Fences
- Any deck or patio over 30 inches above surrounding grade
- Any masonry fences
- Any roof repair or replacement which involves more than 25% of the total area