The City requires permits for certain projects to maintain the safety of its residents.
NOTE: If you as a homeowner have decided to complete your building project on your own and pull your own permits, make sure you are aware of the permit holder responsibilities.
A building permit is required any time you do work that is regulated by the building code. This includes:
Work that is exempt from a permit includes painting, wallpapering, flooring, kitchen cabinets, minor repairs, and detached storage buildings not exceeding 120 square feet.
A mechanical permit is required for work done with air exchange systems, heating and air conditioning.
An electrical permit is required for work done with your electrical wiring system.
A plumbing permit is required when adding a water fixture such as a sink, tub, toilet or lawn sprinklers.
If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact the Inspections Department. Remember, failure to obtain a permit before starting a project that requires one is a violation of City ordinances and state law and can result in fines and increased fees to obtain a permit.
Permits for work that requires no review are issued the same day and generally at the time the permit application is submitted.
Permits where review of plans is necessary can take one to two weeks. Once a permit is ready to be issued, you will be called at the number you provided on the application.
The fees for a building permit have three components:
If you wish to have an idea of the cost of a building permit for budgeting reasons, use the Building Permit Fee Calculator with plans or without plans. At your request, the Inspections Department will also provide an estimate of the permit fee for you. Following are some examples of the building permit cost for various projects (plan review fees are included where applicable):
When you pick up your permit, you will be given an inspections record card listing the required inspections for your project, and when they must be completed. Read more about the inspections process.