There are some projects that require a permit and some projects that don’t.
Projects Requiring a Permit
A permit is required for:
- Add / Replace More Than One Window
- Build a Carport
- Build a Garage
- Build a Greenhouse
- Build a New House
- Build a Porch or Patio (More Than 30-Inches off the Ground)
- Enclosed / Covered Porch or Patio
- Install a Fireplace
- Install Solar Panels
- Install a Swimming Pool
- Install / Build a Shed (Over 200 Square Feet)
- Remodel Basement
- Repair / Replace Roof (Any Portion)
- Room Addition
These are just a few things that you will need a permit for. Call Building and Codes if you have any permit questions.
If you are the owner and live at the property, you can do the work yourself. You will still need a permit and inspections will need to be called for.
- Commercial New Construction - Construction of any new Commercial structure
- Commercial Remodel - Changes made to any Commercial structure to include additions and detached structures
- Demolition - Demolition of any structure
- Fence - Construction of a new fence, extension of an existing fence, replacement of any portion of an existing fence
- Residential New Construction - Construction of a one- to two-family home
- Residential Remodel - Changes made to a residential structure to include additions and detached structures
- Sign - Placing a new sign, replacing an existing sign, moving a sign, repairing any damaged sign
Building permits taken out after a project has been started are charged a penalty fee that is double the permit fee, up to a maximum of $500. Learn more on the Penalty Fees page.
Taking a few minutes of your time to check zoning, code and permit requirements can save you a lot of headaches and money.
Building permit fees are based on the dollar valuation of your project using the Building Safety Journal. The fee schedule (PDF) will let you know what your permit will cost.