When is a Permit needed?

When is a permit required?

A permit is always required for any addition or structural modification to your existing living space. A permit is required for electrical modifications, plumbing work, window and door modifications that enlarge openings or size for size and for mechanical system installations. 

You will always need a permit if you are modifying the roof line of your home. Sewer modifications, major demolitions and added fireplaces are other examples of work that typically requires a permit.

Under the following circumstances we will issue an interior remodel permit.   Work that involves four (4) or more trades.
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Trim Work
  • Drywall
  • Cabinetry
  • Tile
  • Plumbing
  • OR if an interior wall is added or removed.

Exterior work such as adding a deck, building new fences or retaining walls, sheds, carports and other accessory structures require permits.  Concrete slabs and driveways require a permit.

When is a permit not required?
A permit usually isn’t required for interior cosmetic changes like new carpet, hardwood flooring, new paint, paneling and the installation of trim like crown molding, baseboard and casing unless the work involves four (4) or more trades as stated above.  Residential sidewalks on your own property when they do not exceed three (3) feet in width typically don't require permits.

When in doubt call the Building Division at (863) 402-6643.