When are permits needed?

        Building or installing:

  • New buildings or structures
  • Raised deck and/or patio cover
  • Fireplaces
  • Garages
  • Swimming Pools and Spas (Including Portable Spas)
  • Storage/recreation buildings
  • Retaining walls and fences

    Adding or changing:
  • Rooms
  • Sliding doors, bay windows or other wall openings
  • Water lines, outlets, drains, fixtures (such as sinks, garbage disposals, repiping,
  • pool plumbing) or any other parts of the plumbing
  • Furnaces or any other parts of the heating and gas system
  • Electrical wire (service panels, circuits, outlets, or any other parts of the electrical
  • systems. See Section 301(b) NEC for exemptions)
  • Walls to enclose a porch
  • Converting a garage to livable area

    Replacing or repairing:
  • Roofing
  • Termite damage work (replacing siding, foundation sills, etc.)
  • Porches
  • Wall covering (stucco, siding)
  • Sandblasting


Any structure, or part of a structure, or any other changes that affect the structure of any building, even an accessory building, on your property.

For commercial and industrial and exterior property owners, permits are also required for tenant improvements such as interior and exterior partitions, kitchen and dining room changes, installation of disabled access features, changes of use, signs and after-hours permits for doing work outside of specified times and dates.

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1. Why do I need a building permit?
2. When are permits needed?
3. Can I apply for a permit online?
4. Can plan check be done over the counter?
5. What type of building inspections are required?
6. How can I check my permit Inspection results?
7. Emergency repairs without a permit?
8. Work exempt from permit's?
9. How do I contact a Building Inspector?
10. How do I schedule inspections?
11. Do you have plans of my home?
12. Does my contractor need a license?
13. Do all building permits need inspections?
14. Can I view the permit history of a property online?
15. What If I begin work without a permit?
16. Who owns a permit?
17. Do all permits need a "Final" inspection?
18. Who do I contact about plan check review comments?
19. How long does a plan check take?
20. What do you do if you need to Abandon a Septic Tank?
21. Does my retaining wall need a permit?
22. Do you have Geology/ Tract Files? Can they be emailed?
23. How much will my building permit cost?
24. Do field changes (modifications to approved plans) need to be approved?
25. Do I need to hire someone to draw my plans for me?
26. Can I live in my garage?
27. Can I perform work as owner/builder on my commercial property?
28. How do I check on the plan review status of my permit?
29. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
30. Can the homeowner do the construction work?
31. Why are all contractors (the electrician, the plumber, the general contractor, etc.) required to be licensed in the City?
32. What is the maximum window U-factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)?
33. Do I need a permit to replace my driveway or sidewalk or to add Hardscaping?
34. What are setbacks for a property?
35. Why am I being subjected to enforcement when my neighbors are doing the same thing?
36. How do I make a Code Enforcement complaint?
37. How can i find out where my property line is located?
38. How do I legalize an addition or dwelling unit built without permits?
39. How do I get a permit to have a dumpster on the street for my construction debris?
40. What do I do if my permit expires?
41. How do I expedite a plan check?
42. How can I get a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)?
43. When may I start building?
44. Do I need a permit for a storage shed, playhouse, etc.?