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Work Requiring a Permit

Permit Required
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure must first contact the Codes Enforcement Division and obtain the required permit. A permit is also required to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.

Permit Not Required
Some of the common types of work that do not require a permit are as follows:

  • One-story detached accessory structures provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (must meet setback requirements)
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep (must meet setback requirements)
  • Residential window awnings supported by an exterior wall
  • Retaining walls that are not over four feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • Siding
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling