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- Accessory Structures – Barns, Carports, Garages, Storage
- Backflow Assembly Testing
- Certificate of Occupancy
- Commercial Construction – New and Remodel
- Contractor Registration
- Driveways, Approaches, Culverts, Sidewalks
- Foundation Repair
- House Moving
- HVAC Mechanical
- Manufactured Housing – Tie Down and Underpinning Required
- Patios, Decks and Arbors
- Plumbing / Gas
- Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs
- Residential – New and Remodel
- Retaining Walls (greater than 4-feet)
- Septic – Inspections and Installations
- Sports Cages and Courts
- Storm Shelter or Safe Room
- Temporary Uses
- Windows and Doors
This page contains information on permits and other forms that may be required for applications that are reviewed by the Building Inspections Division. Details on the review process and anticipated review times can be found on the Plan Review Information page. Answers to the most common questions received by the Division can be found on the FAQs section of this page. If you have additional questions or need clarification, please contact staff during business hours.
Permits are required before performing any new construction or any addition, alteration or repair of existing buildings, structures, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work (exception: all work which requires a permit, but is performed outside business hours for emergency reasons, must be submitted for permit the next business day).
Some of the projects where permits are required include:
- Certificates of Occupancy (any time the occupant of a building or space changes)
- Commercial and residential – new construction, interior remodels, additions, alterations, and repairs
- Construction of retaining walls more than 4 feet in height
- Demolition of structures
- Driveway and sidewalk installations, fences, and walls
- Plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and construction of interior walls greater than 5 feet 10 inches in height
- Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs
- Accessory buildings, barns, carports, detached garages, decks, storage structures and patio covers (Greater than 120sq’ of floor space)
- lawn irrigation systems, backflow devices
- Septic Systems
- Temporary uses and structures such as tents, Christmas tree lots, and snow-cone stands
WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?
If you are using a contractor to perform work or doing the work yourself and a permit is required.
The permit should be posted on the job site before work begins.
Obtaining the proper permits will insure the proper inspections are performed. This documentation can be a very valuable resource if you sell your home.
The following items provide a checklist of minimum required documentation, for consideration of a building permit application.
BUILDING PERMIT REVIEW REQUIREMENTS:
Documents must be submitted digitally in PDF format merged/combined together facing the correct way as listed below on a CD/DVD or USB “Thumb” Drive AND in printed format.
ELECTRONIC FILE 1: Merge/combine the following files together and name the file: New Res App (Insert Construction Address) Request
- Completed New Residential Single Family Building Permit Application
- Trade Contractor Registration Sheet (if applicable)
- Foundation Plans sealed by engineer with current date
- Rescheck energycodes.gov
- SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan)
ELECTRONIC FILE 2: Merge/combine the following files together and name the file: Plan Review (Insert Construction Address) Permit Request
- Survey/Plot Plan
- One (1) complete set of New Residential Building Plan DRAWINGS – drawn to 1/4″ or 1/8”scale
- TWO (2) complete sets of New Residential Building Plans “Blue Lines” must be printed on no smaller than 11”x17” sheet of paper. One of these will be returned to you, as your “job site copy” when and if your permit is approved.
- INITIAL APPLICATION FEE OF $125.00.
The full cost of the permit will be assessed after your plan review is complete and the documents are approved by the Residential Building Inspector, or Chief Building Official.
SURVEY PLOT PLAN SHALL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Placement of structures, flatwork, and driveways
- Driveway approach location at the curb
- Building lines, public utility easements and drainage easements noted
- Setbacks from property lines noting actual distance from property lines impervious coverage calculation
NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PLANS SHALL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Floor Plan of Building with dimensions
- Wall, Ceiling, and Roof Framing Detail – Wall Section including Wall, Ceiling, & Roof Framing
- Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Details –location of all plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets including GFI, panel location, and arc fault
- Elevation sheets showing facades
- Where required, Floodplain Elevations and Notations – may need to submit floodplain permit application
A permit usually requires two to three working days to process.
Please call the Building Inspections Office if you have questions or concerns.
Together we can create a safe, well-built project that will add beauty and last a lifetime. Please check your deed restrictions and Homeowner’s Association guidelines before
building, as the City does not regulate or enforce them.
This is a list of projects that require permits and are frequently overlooked by homeowners and contractors performing home renovations, expansions, and remodels. It would be difficult to
supply a complete list of items that require permits, so please call first if you have a project that is not listed below and are unsure whether it needs a permit.
Ultimately, it is the property owner’s responsibility to insure that the proper permit is secured before work begins.
A PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR:
- All new fencing and all work on existing fences.
- Exception: Pickets may be replaced without obtaining a permit if the new pickets are of the same material, size, and height as those being replaced.
- A retaining wall that is over 4 feet in height, including the footings.
- All accessory structures greater than 120 square feet.
- Detached accessory buildings 120 square feet or less must follow setback requirements but do not require a permit.
- The replacement of siding.
- A foundation repair before the repair begins.
- Concrete patios do not require a permit if not attached to the foundation of the house. If you plan to cover or enclose the area, a permit for the concrete is recommended, so the City will have a record of the structural strength of the patio.
- Repairing a broken sidewalk; replacing or adding a new driveway or drive approach.
- Batting cages and tennis courts.
- Patio covers, shade arbors, gazebos and decks.
- The replacement of windows or doors.
- The replacement of roof coverings.
The replacement of an air conditioner or furnace.
Updating a service or adding a circuit.
- Adding, replacing, or repairing a gas line.
- Installing gas logs inside your fireplace.
- Replacing a gas or electric water heater.
- Adding a water softener to your home.
- Installing a sprinkler system.
- Outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or grill area.
For more information, contact Building Inspections before beginning work.
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