When do I need a permit?
Generally, a building permit is required when any structural change, major alteration, or renovation is made to a building or when any new construction is undertaken. Normal maintenance does not require a permit in most instances. Separate permits for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work are required when applicable. You generally do not need a permit if you are doing: Minor tuckpointing, repairing plaster, painting, replacing gutters and downspouts, siding, replacing doors and windows, repairing or replacing sidewalks and driveways within the property line, and replacing shingles/roof surface materials. You generally do need a permit if you are:

  • Constructing, enlarging, moving, removing, or demolishing a structure
  • Repairing fire, tornado, flood or earthquake damage
  • Repairing, cutting, removing or replacing any structural or bearing support (i.e. cutting away any wall or partition, or boarding up or otherwise closing an exterior wall opening)
  • Installing dropped ceilings or creating concealed spaces
  • Installing combustible wall paneling
  • Installing protective bars or grills on windows or doors
  • Altering, replacing or relocating any equipment which is regulated or required by code
  • Adding to, altering, replacing or relocating any sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent, standpipe, fire suppression, water supply or similar piping, as well as any electrical, mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety

  • FENCES: A building permit shall be required for the erection of a new fence, a replacement fence or replacement of a section of a fence that is greater than ten feet in length. Minor repairs to sections of existing fences less than ten feet in length shall be considered minor repairs and shall not require permits.

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