We require a permit for interior remodeling projects that change the interior structure of a single-family dwelling.
If your construction project has accessibility issues please view the informational handouts on accessibility on our applications and forms page.
Before you start
Interior remodels that require a permit
- Tearing down or adding walls
- Replacing joist and subfloor
- Closing a door opening or making a new door opening
- Constructing or Removing a stairway (pdf)
- Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom
- Installing or replacing fixtures (sink, garbage disposal, bathtub, toilet, shower etc)
- Replacing a kitchen gas stove
- Replacing a gas dryer
- Any changes to the electrical system, except for receptacle and switches replaced as same that are worn or defective.
- Installing a new light fixture or replacing an existing one
- Hard wired smoke detectors
- Adding or tearing out a fireplace or chimney
- Converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas
- Installing or replacing a gas furnace
- Adding insulation to outside walls (if it involves removal and replacement of drywall)
- Installing new windows
Interior remodels that do not require a permit include
- Painting, wallpapering, or paneling walls
- Installing or replacing woodwork or trim (around doors, windows, ceilings, floors)
- Replacing window coverings such as drapes, shutters, or blinds
- Finish flooring/underlayment in single family homes.
Important: The old flooring may contain asbestos, contact a licensed asbestos removal company.
- Installing battery-operated smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors (Hard wired smoke detectors do require an electrical permit.)
- Insulation projects (adding insulation in an attic or blowing insulation into outside walls)