Plan Review & Building Inspections

Doing Work Without Permits Can Result in Fines & Costs of Up to $10,000

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City Building Permits Required, With Plans & Mortgage Survey

  • Basement finishes
  • Commercial additions or alterations*
  • Exterior alteration
  • Garages
  • Interior alteration
  • Kitchen remodel when plumbing or electrical configurations are altered
  • New buildings
  • New homes
  • Porches (front and rear)
  • Residential additions or alterations
  • Residential decks
  • Sun rooms
* 3 sets of sealed plans (11x17) are required for all commercial projects

City Building Permits Required, Without Plans
  • Demolition (wrecking clearances are required from utility authorities, i.e. gas, electric, water/sewer and soil erosion)
  • Doors (new & replaced)
  • Roofs (house and/or garage)
  • Siding, gutters & trim
  • Windows
With Mortgage Survey/plot Plan
  • Concrete patios
  • Hot tubs
  • Pools over 24'' deep, including portable and storable pools.  (requires building and electrical permits)
  • Sheds
Common Permits for Electrical, Plumbing, & Mechanical May Be Needed for
  • Air conditioners
  • Electrical alterations
  • Electrical reconnects
  • Furnaces
  • Gas piping
  • Hardwired smoke detectors
  • Plumbing alterations
  • Sump pumps
  • Water heaters
Other Permits Required
Permits Are Not Required for:
  • Awning (less than 54'' deep)
  • Carpeting
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Movable partitions
  • Painting (exterior painting may require approval if in the Historic District)
  • Playground equipment
  • Playhouses under 120 square feet