FAQ - Building and Safety Division

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I. Information:

When are building permits required?
The following types of projects require permits including, but not limited to:

  • Building Permits

    • Re-roofing of dwellings, garages and patio covers
    • Patios and porches - Open and enclosed
    • Room additions and garages/carports
    • Storage sheds or playhouses exceeding 120 square feet
    • Garage Conversions
    • Demolition of un-permitted structures/additions
    • Swimming pools in excess of 5,000 gallons above or below ground
    • Retaining walls over 3 feet in height and holding a surcharge of soil
    • Window replacements
    • Remodeling and/or changing the existing dwelling floor plan or changing any roof design
    • New exterior and/or interior wall/ceiling coverings such as stucco, siding or drywall
    • New fireplaces and/or wood stoves
    • Commercial/Industrial tenant improvements
    • Fire suppression systems

  • Electrical Permits

    • Upgrading/changing or adding any electric service panel board
    • Replacing or adding branch circuits from any main or sub panel board
    • Adding any new wiring to existing branch circuits
    • Replacing or installing new any electrical equipment such as motors, signs, neon tubing, air conditioners, etc.
    • New wiring for room additions, garages, carports, sheds and patios
    • Low voltage (24V) or greater security alarm/monitoring systems

  • Pluming/Sewer Permits

    • Replacing water heaters/boilers
    • Lawn sprinklers/irrigation systems
    • Replacing water distribution piping such as copper, etc.
    • Replacing house waste/venting systems
    • Replacing or adding new dishwashers
    • Replacing or adding new fixtures such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, etc.
    • Adding new laundry utility hookups for washers and dryers
    • Replacing water main supply lines from the meter to the entry of the dwelling or structure
    • Replacing or adding new gas lines
    • Replacing or adding new sewer lines and or backfilling/abandoning septic tanks or cesspools

  • Mechanical Permits

    • Replacing or adding new wall furnaces, forced air units, air conditioners
    • Replacing or adding new air conditioners and/or condensing compressor units for cooling air and evaporative coolers (swamp Coolers)
    • Replacing or adding new supply/ return ducts and air outlets/inlets
    • Replacing or adding new absorption units such as walk-in coolers/refrigeration units
    • Replacing or adding new exhaust systems such as rangehood assemblies and clothes dryers for gas fired appliances
    • Dust product conveying systems in industrial uses
    • Replacing or adding new ventilation equipment for fresh air systems

II. Plans - Submittals & Requirements:

  • Two complete sets/Energy calculations/General notes
  • Foundation plan
  • Floor plan
  • Elevations
  • Cross - sections
  • Frame plans
  • Details & structural calculations when required
  • Fire/Health/Environmental
  • Phone / when required contact city hall for more info