When is a building permit not required?
  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
  • Residential wood fences not over 7 feet in height.
  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  • Replacement of existing sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, not over any basement or story below, and not part of an accessible route.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work.
  • Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons, and are installed entirely above ground.
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Window awnings of Group R-3 and U occupancies supported by an exterior wall, do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall, and do not require additional support.
  • Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet - 9 inches in height.

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1. What do I need a building permit for?
2. When is a building permit not required?
3. When is an electrical permit not required?
4. When is a mechanical permit not required?
5. When is a plumbing permit not required?
6. How do I apply for a building permit?
7. What is a project plan?
8. How much does a permit cost?
9. What is included in the project valuation?
10. How long does it take to get a permit?
11. What do I do after my building permit has been approved?