Do You Need A Permit?

It's the most commonly asked question we receive. Review the information from our Municipal Code and call us if we can help you find the answer.

Permit Required

City code says any owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

Permit Exceptions

Permits are not required for the following projects.
Source: International Building Code

  1. Building
  2. Electrical
  3. Gas
  4. Mechanical
  5. Plumbing
  6. Emergencies
  7. Repairs


  • One-story detached accessory structures, provided that the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2)
    Note: Accessory structures less than 200 square feet still require application submittal and approval prior to construction.
  • Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high
    Note: All fences still require application submittal and planning approval prior to construction.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
    Note: Any wall that is back-filled against, no matter how high, must be permitted.   
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to
  • Sidewalks and driveways
    Note: Sidewalks and driveways installation must be approved prior to installation.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep
  • Swings and other playground equipment
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall 
  • Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.
    Note: Decks smaller than 200 square feet must be approved prior to construction.