Permits and Inspections
The purpose behind building codes is to give reasonable assurance that a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and health risks. The permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and inspections conducted on the project.
- Project specific guidance regarding the application process is available and being added on a continual basis.
The best way to find out if a permit is required is to call the Inspection Division to discuss proposed plans with the building inspector before beginning construction to determine whether or not a permit is needed.
Permits are required for the following (not all-inclusive):
- Additions (garages, bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
- Alterations (signs, replacement windows, doors, egress windows, siding, re-roofing, etc.)
- Electrical systems (service upgrade, rewire, generators, etc.)
- HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems)
- New buildings or accessory structures (including sheds over 120 square feet and retaining walls over 4 feet, in-ground swimming pools and swimming pools with water depth exceeding 24 inches, and fences over 6 feet high)
- Plumbing systems
- Renovations (garage conversions, basement finishing, kitchen expansions, etc.)
- Residential work (decks, garages, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)