Permits and Inspections


 Permit Application Requirements:

Please see our "forms" page to download all available permit applications.

Inspection Requirements:  

Please see our "Inspections" page to see all general information regarding our inspections process.

General Information regarding Permits and Inspections:

All permit applications require submittal of plans, specifications and any other additional information required to completely describe the work to be undertaken. In all cases, Planning and Zoning issues should be resolved before applying for a permit. Our department can assist in determining whether your project will require review by the Planning and Zoning department.

Permit applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis by the Building Official for code compliance. Plan review can be completed as quickly a few days or it can take as long as a couple of weeks. The time plan review will take, depends on the size of the project and the volume of other plans awaiting review. You should probably plan for a minimum of one week for plan review.

You will be contacted should the submittal require revision. Once a permit application is approved, a permit will be issued. We will contact you when the permit is ready for pick up and let you know the permit fee. The permit must be signed and paid for before a permit is considered valid. Our department can assist in determining a permit fee prior to submittal of a permit application so that you are aware of the fee as you begin planning your project.

You may begin your project once you have a valid permit in hand. All types of work requiring a permit must have accompanying inspections. Our office will let you know which inspections will be required when you pick up your permit. You should notify the building department when your project is ready for an inspection.

Permits are valid for 365 days beyond the permit issuance date. In some cases, permits may be extended by contacting the Development Service office.

What Projects require a Permit? 

You may be surprised that many projects require a permit. Some examples are listed below. Feel free to contact the Development Service office if you do not see the type of project you are considering listed below.

Some examples of projects that typically require a permit:

  • Changing the footprint of the building (addition or demolition of building components)
  • Converting a garage into any other type of room
  • Remodeling or adding new rooms
  • Roofing
  • Siding or masonry veneer
  • Exterior windows or doors if larger than the existing building opening
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Decks, patios and Patio Covers
  • Paving: driveways, sidewalks, patios, etc
  • Lawn Sprinkler Systems
  • Swimming pools (in-ground AND above ground), hot tubs, or spas
  • Water heaters
  • Water Softeners
  • Most air conditioning or heating systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Demolition
  • All plumbing work this includes yard line repairs of any size or type and the alteration or addition of Pressure Reducing Valves or installation of shut-offs.
  • Electrical repair and/or replacement
  • Sheds or other accessory buildings, whether you are building or installing a pre-built shed
  • Installation or repair of building, parking lot, or landscape lighting (Electrical)
  • Awnings: require approval via City Variance prior to issuance of permit
  • Signage: installing new or altering existing

Projects not usually requiring a permit:

  • Portable heating appliances
  • Installing or replacing any appliance that does not require alterations to the plumbing, gas, electrical, or mechanical systems.(ex. Replacing a stove which does not need a new outlet or new wiring
  • Repairs on any appliance that does not require replacing the appliance
  • Portable Window A/C units
  • Painting or wallpapering
  • Carpeting or tile work
  • Glass replacement
  • Tuck pointing or cleaning existing masonry
  • Landscaping: Plants, non permanent pavers/stones, mulch, etc.
  • Alterations on the house side of a P-Trap and changing out existing plumbing fixtures (bathtubs, lavatories, kitchen sinks, commodes)