Required Permits

This section provides some guidance on when a permit is required; but since every project is unique, the best way to determine if a permit is required is to ask a Building Department representative about your particular project as early in the process as possible. Permit application forms are available on the Permit Applications page or in our office.

Permit Types

A permit is required before beginning to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or portion of it. A permit is also required before beginning to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing system, or other building service equipment, or piping system. A separate demolition permit is required before demolition of any building or portion thereof, unless the demolition can be approved as part of a building permit.

Emergencies & Minor Work

When equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, an application for approval shall be submitted to the Building Department within the next business day. The Building Official will determine whether or not the situation legitimately constituted an emergency. If any work is performed without a permit, and the above emergency stipulations are not met, then penalty fees will be applied.

While a permit is not required to perform minor repairs, the Building Department must be contacted before starting the work in order to confirm that the repairs can be classified as minor.

Important Note

Some of the most common projects that most people do not realize require a permit are as follows. A permit is required for all of the following:
  • Before re-roofing (replacing a roof or adding an additional layer of roofing)
  • Before replacing a water heater
  • Before replacing a furnace or air conditioner
  • Before installing a swimming pool greater than 24 inches deep
  • Before building a deck

The above list is not conclusive. Again, the best way to determine if a permit is required is to contact the Building Department.

Permit Application Information

Permit application forms are available at the permit application forms page or in our office. To find out which application you need to submit, see below.

The following is a list of permit application forms and the work for which they apply. It is important to note that the following examples listed under each permit type are not conclusive, and the best way to determine if a permit is required is to contact the Building Department.
  1. Building Permit Application
  2. Electric Permit Application
  3. HVAC & Gas Permit Application
  4. Plumbing & Sewer Permit
  5. Fire Permit Applications
  6. Sign Permit Application
  7. Demolition Permit Application
Building Permit Application
  • New residences and commercial buildings
  • Changes of occupancy
  • Additions
  • Alterations
  • Repairs
  • Remodeling
  • Reroofing
  • Decks
  • Ramps
  • Residential accessory buildings over 200 square feet
  • Fences over 6 feet tall
  • Finished basements
  • Swimming pools