When Permits Are Required

Permits are required to ensure that all construction and repair work has been done correctly and complies with the building code. The cost of a permit is based on the value of the work proposed.
Permits are required whether a contractor or the homeowner does the work. In most cases, either city ordinance or state law requires homeowners to hire only licensed contractors. Check with the Building Department to determine if your project requires a licensed contractor.

To obtain information on State Licensed Contractors you may visit the Department of Labor and Industry Website for more information. The Building Department also has Construction Guides & Helpful Information available online and in our brochure racks at City Hall

Permits are required for:

  • new construction,
  • remodeling, additions and alterations, 
  • basement finishing, 
  • decks, porches, 
  • irrigation / underground sprinkler systems, 
  • roofing, siding
  • plumbing, water heaters, water softeners, fuel gas and medical gas installations,
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems [HVAC]
  • fire suppression and fire alarm systems, and
  • electrical work
  • solid fuel burning fireplace and stove Installation.
Work done without a permit may be subject to a fine/penalty and if done in violation of building codes, must be brought into compliance.

When Permits Are Not Required

No permit is needed for: 

  • Detached accessory structures and garages with less than 200 square feet floor area, 
  • Above ground swimming pools and spas that are less than 24 inches in depth and containing 5,000 gallons and less, water tanks containing less than 5,000 gallons and less,
  • Installation of sidewalks, patios and primary the curb cut/driveway,
  • Detached, freestanding platforms and decks not exceeding 30" above adjacent grade,
  • Installation of cabinets, countertops, painting, wallpapering, installation of  ceramic tile, carpeting or floor coverings and similar finish work,
  • Window awnings projecting less than 54 inches from the exterior wall,
  • Movable casework, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height, 
  • Swings and other playground equipment, and 
  • No permit is required for normal maintenance and repair which may include items such as concrete surface repair, replacement of deck boards, small sections of siding or shingles, window sash repair or replacement, glass repair, etc.  
If you have questions regarding permit requirements for your specific project, please call us at 763-755-8700.