When is a building permit required?

A building permit application must be completed whenever a building is to be erected, altered, enlarged, structurally repaired, moved, or converted to different use groups (as defined in the building code). Additionally, a building permit is required for the installation of the following:

  • Windows 
  • Doors when the opening size is altered
  • Pools that are more than 24 inches deep
  • Decks (including porches)
  • Garages or carports
  • Swimming pools
  • Hot tubs

A permit is not required for the following:

  • Sheds less than 100 square feet in size
  • Siding
  • Driveways on grade on private property
  • Painting, wallpapering, or other similar finishes
  • Replacement doors, or storm doors when the opening size is not altered
  • Prefabricated above-ground pools or in-ground pools that are less than 24 inches deep

If your application is approved, you will receive a copy of the actual Building Permit, a Hard Card including a list of required inspections, and a copy of the approved plans. The Hard Card should be posted at the job site so that it is visible from the street. The approved set of construction drawings should be kept at the job site for you and the inspector to refer to until the project is completed.

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1. When is a building permit required?
2. When do I need to schedule an inspection?
3. How long is my building permit good for?
4. What do I need to know about the Installation of Above or In-Ground Pools?