Building Permits

The Building Permit is the basic administrative device used to enforce laws that relate to building construction, repair or alteration including the International Building Codes, the National Electrical Code, Life Safety Code, zoning ordinances, sign ordinances, and other local ordinances relating to such activities. The permit system is in place to protect public health, safety and welfare.

The Building Permit provides the means for the inspector to ensure that the building project meets the minimum requirements according to the technical standards of the codes. View Codes and Guidelines.

Projects Requiring Permits

  • Backflow prevention device installation/replacement
  • Demolition of structures or buildings
  • Fencing (No permit required unless over 6 feet in height) (fences still have to meet height, location, and composition requirements in sec. 9-10-1-2.)
  • HVAC Air conditioning condenser or air handler replacement (inside or outside units)
  • Home Office Affidavit
  • Pool/Spa new installation, resurfacing or repairs
  • Roofing repairs and re-roofing
  • Signs, Temporary Signs
  • Water Heater replacement
  • New Construction or Remodels*:
    • Additions or enclosures
    • Decks (installing, altering, enlarging, and/or replacing)
    • Drywall removal and reinstallation
    • Electrical upgrades, alterations, or replacements
    • Kitchen or bathroom cabinet and countertop replacement (if relocating)
    • Plumbing upgrades, alterations, or replacements
    • Windows, entry door, or sliding glass door installation or replacement
    • Shed placement (permit required for residential sheds over 200 sq. ft. or commercial sheds 120 sq. ft.) Location/ set back requirements apply

*Remodels generally require a Building, an Electrical, HVAC and a Plumbing Permit.

The following work does not require permits: Floor tile, carpeting, interior painting, and exterior painting (but paint color must meet architectural design standards). The above list may not show all items which require permits. Please check with the Building Inspections Department before beginning any repair/remodeling.