Work that requires a permit
We require a permit for all work not specifically exempt from the building code. This applies to:
- Residents and homeowners
- Commercial owners
- Work that is structural in nature, such as adding or replacing:
If your construction project has accessibility issues, see Applications, forms and handouts
Common exterior projects requiring a permit
Follow the links below for more information about a specific project.
Changes to the house itself
- Detached Garages and Building Permits
- Replacement doors/windows
- Retaining walls more than four feet in height
- Stairs - exterior/interior
- Repair or replacement of brick or stone facades
Additions to the house
- Any deck, platform, stoop or ramp, regardless of height that provides direct access to the dwelling.
- Any deck, platform or ramp not attached to the dwelling that does not provide direct access to the dwelling and that is more than 30" above grade.
Outdoor living and landscaping projects
- Garages New garage or replacement of old. Installation or replacement of doors or windows.
- Sheds, greenhouses, utility buildings, and screened porches, if detached and under 200 square feet in area, do not require a permit. If these structures are attached to the house or garage a permit is always required.
- Swimming pools 24 inches deep and over 150 square feet in area
- Demolition of buildings including garages over 1,000 square feet in floor area
- Fences over seven feet high
- Moving a structure
- When placing a dumpster or storage unit in the street or public right-of-way
Exterior work that does not require a permit
No permit is needed for: