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Do I Need a Permit?

This information is provided as a guide to assist homeowners and contractors. The chart below is not all-inclusive of every type of permit required. If you do not see a description of the work you are proposing, please contact the Building and Economic Development Department to verify whether or not a permit is required. All building permits expire twelve (12) months from the date of issuance.

Building Permits

Type of Work Permit Needed?
Accessory Structure for use as a Storage Building Yes
Basement Finish Yes
Children’s Playhouse, Playground, or Similar Equipment No
Deck Construction or Repair Yes
Deck Repairs (non-structural) Replacing Floor Boards, Repairing or Replacing Guards on Decks Less than 30” Above Grade No
Garage Door Repair or Replacement No
Interior Addition / Interior Remodel Yes
Painting, Tiling, Carpeting and/or Trim Work No
Retaining Walls that are Less than 6' measured from the Bottom of the Footing to the Top of the Wall No
Retaining Walls that are 6' or Taller measured from the Bottom of the Footing to the Top of the Wall Yes
Roofing, Re-Roof or Shingle Replacement No
Siding Replacement No
Single Family Dwelling with Monolithic Slab Foundation Yes
Single Family Dwelling with Basement Foundation Yes
Swimming Pools Yes

Plumbing Permits

Type of Work Permit Needed?
Fixture Addition or Replacement with Piping Alterations
Fixture Repair or Replacement with No Piping Alterations
Irrigation (Lawn Sprinklers)
Water Heater Replacement

Electrical Permits

Type of Work Permit Needed?
Addition of Electrical Circuit Yes
Appliance Replacement using Plug-in Devices No
Electrical Service Repair or Upgrade Yes

Mechanical Permits

Type of Work Permit Needed?
Ductwork Replacement Yes
Furnace and/or AC Systems Replacement