When is a Permit Required?

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 storage buildings, gazebos, carports, patio covers).
  • Additions to a building.
  • Remodeling of a building requiring the addition or removal of a wall, window or door or enlarging an opening for a 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.
  • Water softeners.
  • Replacing water or sewer lines. (Repair work such as exchange of washers and faucets is exempt).
  • Irrigation systems (lawn sprinklers).
  • Installing or replacing a furnace.
  • Installing or replacing an air conditioning system.
  • Building or replacing a fence.
  • Building or replacing a retaining wall over 4 feet.
  • Installing or replacing a driveway approach (the portion of the drive connecting to the street)
  • Installing a circular drive.
  • Building a swimming pool.
  • Building a spa (self contained portable plug-in type spas are exempt).
  • Demolition of a building.

This is not an all inclusive list. Questions concerning your specific project should be forwarded to the Building Inspection Department.