When is a permit NOT required?

The building code allows word to be done without obtaining a permit. While a permit is not required, the work must be done in compliance with the code. The following information pertains to SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS ONLY; it does not pertain to apartments, condominiums or townhouses (for information on these types of dwellings, please contact our office). Some examples of work that does not require a permit include:

  • Making ordinary repairs and improvements, including, but not limited to:
    • Painting the inside or outside of the house or detached structures.
    • Repairing drywall, plaster, siding, re-roofing (shingles only).
    • Installing new floor coverings, such as vinyl, carpet, or hardwood.
    • Installing or refurbishing cabinetry.
    • Repairing or replacing porch flooring or deck flooring. Note: A permit is required to repair or replace the joists or girders.
    • Repairing or replacing the handrails on a porch.
    • Installing or replacing doors and windows, including storm windows, where no structural change is performed.
    • Installing or replacing gutters and downspouts. 
  • Installing driveways or sidewalks.
  • Constructing or installing a storage shed, playhouse, etc., 256 square feet or less in area. 
  • Adding a fence (which is not part of a swimming pool enclosure) and which is 6' or less in height  - refer to subdivision covenants (if applicable).
  • Building recreational equipment, such as swings, skateboard ramps, jungle gyms, etc.
  • Adding insulation.
  • Installing any wiring or equipment which operates at less than 50 volts. 
  • Installing a security alarm system. 
  • Replacing an electrical water heater with new electric water heater. 
  • Replacing electrical fixtures, such as switches and receptacles.
  • Replacing a ceiling fan to a pre-wired switch, that has a ceiling fan rated and supported box.
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, faucets, etc.
  • Retaining walls that are for landscaping purposes only.
  • Replacing electrical cook top stoves, ranges, and dryers.

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1. Do I need a building permit?
2. When is a permit NOT required?
3. How long is my permit valid?
4. How much notice is required for requesting an inspection?
5. Can I apply online for a building permit?
6. What documents are required to obtain a building permit?
7. What are the hours of operation for the Building Official?