When Permits Are Required

Permits are required to ensure that all construction and repair work has been done correctly and complies with the building code. The cost of a permit is based on the market value of the work to be done.
Permits are required whether a contractor or the homeowner does the work. In most cases, either city ordinance or state law requires homeowners to hire only licensed contractors. Check with the Building Department to determine if your project requires a licensed contractor.

To obtain information on State Licensed Contractors you may visit the Department of Labor and Industry website for more information. The Building Department also has handouts available in our brochure rack entitled "Hiring a Residential Contractor".

Permits are required for all new construction, remodeling and additions, basement finishing, decks, porches, lawn irrigation underground sprinkler systems, reroofing, and siding. Permits are also required for any work that affects a building's electrical, plumbing or heating systems, for example:

  • Air to Air Exchanger
  • Furnace and Air Conditioner
  • Garage Furnace
  • Gas and Wood Burning Fireplace Installation
  • Water Heater Replacement
Work done without a permit is subject to a fine and, if done incorrectly, must be redone.

When Permits Are Not Required

No permit is needed for: 

  • Detached accessory structures and garages with less than 200 square feet floor area, 
  • Above ground swimming pools and spas that are less than 24 inches in depth and containing 5,000 gallons and less, water tanks containing less than 5,000 gallons and less,
  • Installation of sidewalks, patios and primary the curb cut/driveway,
  • Detached, freestanding platforms and decks not exceeding 30" above adjacent grade,
  • Installation of cabinets, countertops, painting, wallpapering, installation of  ceramic tile, carpeting or floor coverings and similar finish work,
  • Window awnings projecting less than 54 inches from the exterior wall,
  • Movable casework, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height, 
  • Swings and other playground equipment, and 
  • No permit is required for normal maintenance and repair which may include items such as concrete surface repair, replacement of deck boards, small sections of siding or shingles, repair or in-kind replacement of a single window or sash, etc.  To determine if a permit is required for your specific project, please call us at 763-755-8700.