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June 27, 2017
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Do I need a permit?

When do I need a building (structural) permit?

A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, or move any one- or two-family dwelling or related structure. The information below only applies to residential construction. For example:

(Keep in mind that any work in the floodplain will require land use approval. Please contact the Planning and Building Divisions for more information.)

  • Add a room
  • Build or move a shed of more than 200 square feet (any size if in floodplain)
  • Finish an attic, garage, or basement to make additional living space
  • Cut a new window or door opening, or widen existing openings
  • Move, remove, or add walls
  • Apply roofing when 15% of the sheating is removed or replaced, or always if the structure is in a wildfire hazard zone
  • Build a stairway
  • Build a retaining wall more than four feet high (land use approval for any height if in floodplain)
  • Build a deck more than 30 inches above grade (land use approval for any height if in floodplain)
  • Put up a fence more than seven feet high (land use approval for any height if in floodplain)

If you are not sure you need a permit, call the building department responsible for your area.

What can I do without a permit?

You do not need a permit to do the following minor repairs and maintenance on a one- or two-family dwelling:

(Keep in mind that any work in the floodplain will require land use approval. Please contact the Planning and Building Divisions for more information.)

  • Paint buildings that are not historic landmarks
  • Blow insulation into existing homes
  • Put up storm windows 
  • Replace interior wall, floor, or ceiling covering, such as wallboard or sheet vinyl
  • Install gutters and downspouts (a plumbing permit may still be required for storm water disposal)
  • Replace or repair siding on a wall that is three feet or more from a property line
  • Replace or repair as much as two layers of roofing, if there is no replacement of sheathing, except that rowhouses or structures in wildfire hazard areas will require a permit
  • Replace doors or windows if the existing openings are not widened
  • Build a fence up to 7 feet high (land use approval required for any height if in floodplain)
  • Pave a walkway
  • Build an uncovered patio or deck that is not more than 30 inches above grade

Being exempt from a permit does not mean that you can do work that would violate any law or ordinance. Code standards must be met, even when a permit is not required.