You may wonder if you will need a permit for certain projects.
- Build a New House
- Room Addition
- Build a Garage
- Build a Carport
- Install/Build a Shed
- Repair/Replace Roof (over 400 sq ft)
- Install a Swimming Pool
- Install a Fireplace
- Enclosed/Covered Porch or Patio
- Build a Greenhouse
- Remodel basement
- Install Solar Panels
- Add/Replace More Than One Window
- Siding (over 400 sq ft)
These are just a few things that you will need a permit for. You can also call Code Enforcement if you have questions.
If you are the owner and live at the property, you can do the work yourself. You will still need a permit and will need to call for inspections.
Residential New Construction – Construction of a One to Two Family Home.
Commercial New Construction – Construction of anything from a Tri-Plex to Apartments, Hotel/Motel, any new Commercial structure.
Residential Remodel – Changes made to a residential structure to include additions and detached structures.
Commercial Remodel - Changes made to anything from a Tri-Plex to Apartments, Hotel/Motel, or any Commercial structure to include additions and detached structures.
Fence – Construction of a new fence, extension of an existing fence, replacement of fence of a different size, location or design, replacement of more than 50% of existing fence.
Sign – Placing a new sign, replacing an existing sign, repairing any damaged sign.
Demolition – Demolition of any structure.
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 $500.00.
A few minutes of your time checking zoning, code and permit requirements can save you a lot of headaches and money to be sure your project meets all applicable regulation before starting.
Building permits are based on the dollar valuation of your project using the Building Safety Journal. The fee schedule will let you know what your permit will cost. Craft fees (electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, gas and sewer) are a flat fee of $30.00 for each listed on the permit (to exclude New Construction).
You can get the answers to many of your building permit questions by calling Code Enforcement. We are located at 700 N Jefferson St. Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. You may reach us by phone at 785-238-3103 ext 182, fax 785-210-1904 or by email.