What's a Building Permit?
A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.
Why do you need a Permit?
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or make costly repairs.
When do you need a Permit?
New buildings, additions, and major renovations all require a building permit before you get started. Any electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems work also requires a building permit. See a more complete list below. If your project is not listed, call us to find out whether your project needs a permit.
When Permits Are Required:
- Accessory structures, including sheds
- Additions to any structure, including decks and patios
- Alarm systems require an electrical permit for low voltage
- Attached or detached garages
- Change to an electrical system, including electric service upgrade
- Change to the plumbing system
- Commercial telecommunications equipment including antenna and satellite dishes
- Concrete or flat work, including steps, porches, and patios
- Demolition of any structure which involves any structural change or removal/disconnection of the electric, gas, plumbing and water
- Driveways, for new and removing/replacing (sealcoating alone does not require a permit)
- Fences, dog runs, gates, and entry monuments
- Fire systems and system alterations
- Gas piping
- HVAC equipment, including new, replacement and additional units and/or equipment
- Interior remodeling which involves any structural change or modification/addition to the plumbing or electric system
- Lawn sprinkling/irrigation systems
- Mobile home - move on and off site
- Mobile home - remodel and repairs
- New construction of residential, commercial, and office structures, including office partitions
- Porches and decks
- Portable storage units, such as PODs
- All structural alterations
- Roofing of any existing structure
- Signs, subject to the requirements of the City's sign ordinance
- Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas
- Temporary Uses - Permits are required for tents, portable generators, temporary signs
- New or replacement siding
- Water heater replacement, gas or electric
- Windows and doors, new or replacement (not required if only the glass pane is being replaced)
- Work in right-of-way, sidewalks, streets
When Permits are Not Required:
- Changing cabinets, cabinet faces or counter tops
- Changing ceiling tiles
- Changing existing light fixtures (if not being relocated)
- Changing existing plumbing fixtures (if not being relocated)
- Gutters and downspouts
- Normal installation of household appliances
- Painting, carpeting, tile or hardwood floors
- Routine maintenance
- Driveway sealcoating alone does not require a permit
Fee Schedules for:
No Faxed Applications will be accepted.