Permit Requirements

Purpose

The issuance of a permit notifies the local municipality that work is being performed and prompts an inspection to assure that minimum standards to safeguard life, limb, health, property and public welfare are maintained and followed.

Permits

Building permits shall be obtained before proceeding with any excavation, grading, construction, alteration, repair, moving or demolition of any dwelling or appurtenant structure. Separate permits shall also be obtained for electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and all other equipment that are essential features in the use of the dwelling (or other structure).

Permits are issued to the person, owner or contractor who shall physically perform the work for which the permit was sought. Contractors shall have a valid and current registration, or license, before applying for a permit.

DO NOT EXPECT TO RECEIVE ANY PERMITS THE SAME DAY OF SUBMITTAL.

Plans

Plans are required and must be approved prior to issuance of many types of permits. Please allow time for review. See Plan Submittal Information page for important information.

Permit Responsibility

It shall be the responsibility of the person to whom a permit has been issued to comply with all applicable housing codes and to install such work in a quality and workmanlike manner.

Inspections

The person to whom a permit has been issued shall be responsible for requesting periodic inspections of work completed at each of the following stages of construction, before covering or concealing work: installation of footing drains, building drains and building sewers, completion of foundation and waterproofing, during framing of the superstructure, the completion of roughing in the plumbing, electrical wiring, gas piping, heating ducts or piping or other similar service installations. Before closing in all structural elements, and upon final completion of the structure.

Requirements 


Permit required?Plans/Drawing Required?
Adding a BathroomYesYes
Adding a wallYesYes
Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)YesYes
Air ConditionerYesNo
Alterations (decks, garages, fences*, carports, awnings, haunted houses,interior demolition etc.)YesYes
Awnings and canopies YesYes
Decks and covered patiosYesYes
Demolition (buildings and structures)YesYes
Door No, if like for likeYes, if new
DrivewayYesYes
Electrical workYesYes
FenceYesYes
FlagpoleNo
FlooringNo
FurnaceYesNo
Garages, carports, and all storage shedsYesYes
Gutters and downspouts No
Hot water tankYesNo
New buildingsYesYes
PaintingNo
PanelingNo
PatioYesYes
Plumbing workYesYes
PoolYesYes
PorchYesYes
Retaining walls  YesYes
RoofYesNo
SidingYesNo
SignageYesYes
Site workYesYes
Sun room YesYes
Suppression systems and alarmsYesYes
Tent - rented for large eventsYesYes
Tuck-pointingNo
WaterproofingYesYes
WindowYesYes, if new


Emergency repairs: Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, an application for permit shall be submitted within the next working business day.