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 7 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. The above list may not show all items which require permits. Please check with the Building Inspections Department before beginning any repair/remodeling.
Building Permit Process
The following steps are a general overview of the permit process and your permit process may vary.
Step 1: Application
Complete an application describing the type of project, location, size, contractor's name, etc. This information will assist the department in deciding what type permit(s) you will need and allow the appropriate departments an opportunity to review your project for compliance.
Step 2: Issuance
Most building permits can be issued without delay, however, occasionally the permit review system may take up to three days, depending on the complexity of the project, before the permit can be issued.
Step 3: Fee (Residential, Commercial & General Inspections)
Once the permit has been approved you will pay a fee that is used to cover the cost of staff's time spent in the application process, the review process and the on-site inspection process.
View Inspection Permitting Fees (PDF)
Step 4: Permit
Once the permit has been issued you will need to post the placard in a window or other conspicuous place that is accessible to the inspector. The drawing(s) will remain available at the job site, and any changes must be brought to the attention of the inspector immediately.
Step 5: Inspections
Each and every required phase of construction, rough-in for each trade, other in-process inspections and final inspection, must be made in a timely manner by the inspector to make certain the work conforms to the applicable Code, the Building Permit, and the approved plans. Visit the Inspections webpage for more information.
Step 6: Certificate of Occupancy
Final inspection determining the code compliance is a valuable and necessary part of the construction process. Once code compliance is determined, the inspector will issue a Certificate of Occupancy which establishes that your project is completed. This document gives you permission to occupy the building knowing it has met the minimum safety standards.