Activities that Require a Building Permit

Permits are required when building, remodeling or enlarging a building. Permits are also required for other improvements to your property. Projects that are cosmetic, such as painting, wallpapering, carpeting, cabinets and trim work, etc., do not require permits. Additionally, permits are not required when replacing fixtures on existing wiring or plumbing.

The following is a list of projects for which a permit is required:

  • Construction of a building
    — Main building
    — Accessory building (including permanent and portable storage shed, gazebos, carports, patio covers).
  • Foundation repairs.
  • Additions to a building.
  • Remodeling of a building requiring the addition, replacement or removing of a wall, window or door.
  • Building or replacing a deck.
  • Electrical work. (Repair work such as replacing switches, plugs and ballasts is exempt).
  • Plumbing work.
  • Water heaters (replacing or adding).
  • Replacing water or sewer lines.
  • Irrigation systems.
  • Installing or replacing a furnace.
  • Installing or replacing an air conditioning system.
  • Building or replacing a fence.
  • Building or replacing a retaining wall over four feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall or the wall is supporting a surcharge.
  • Replacing a roof.
  • Installing or replacing a driveway approach (the portion of the drive connecting to the street).
  • Installing a circular driveway.
  • Building a swimming pool, repairing or filling in a ground pool.
  • Building a spa (self contained portable plug-in type spas require electrical permit and shall comply with safety glazing requirements).
  • Demolition of a building.
  • Security bars.

This is not an all-inclusive list. Please contact the Building Inspection Department if you have further questions.