Permit Requirements & Exemptions

Commonly Permit-Required Projects


The following is a list of common projects to require a Building Permit (PDF):
  • New construction of a home or commercial building
  • New construction of an accessory building - see Exemptions (PDF)
  • Additions or alteration of an existing home, accessory building, or commercial building
  • Moving or demolishing a building
  • Occupancy of an existing commercial building for a new commercial uses
  • New installation or replacement of windows

Exterior Projects


  • Fences over 6 feet in height
  • Masonry fences and walls - see Exemptions (PDF)
  • Patio covers
  • Decks over 30 inches off the ground or any height if attached to the home
  • Retaining walls - view Exemptions (PDF)
  • Replace the roof on a house, garage, or other structure
  • Replace the siding on a house or garage
  • Addition of an enclosed patio
  • Installation of a swimming pool or hot tub
  • Remodeling of a garage
  • Sign installations

Interior Projects


  • Alteration of interior walls
  • Installation of a wood-burning stove or fireplace

Plumbing, Electrical & Mechanical Projects


  • Replacement or installation of water heaters and water softeners
  • Hot tub or whirlpool installation
  • Replacement of mechanical equipment
  • Any type of electrical, heating or plumbing alteration/improvement/addition
  • Replacement of furnace or central air conditioner
  • Alteration of a kitchen/bathroom
  • Installation of a ceiling fan

Commonly Exempt Projects


If you have questions on whether your project is exempt, you may contact the Building and Safety Division for a determination. You may also view the Exemptions (PDF) for more information.

Although many of these projects do not require a building permit, they do have minimum setback standards that are enforced by the Planning Division. Please contact the Planning Division for setback requirements. The following are a list of common projects that are exempt from a building permit:
  • Construction of a single-story detached accessory building used as tool or storage shed, playhouse, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet
  • Replacement of a non-masonry fence in the same location
  • Construction of a retaining wall not over 4 feet in height as measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of a wall
  • Change of flooring, carpet, inlaid tiles, or wood
  • Painting, papering, and similar finish work
  • Platforms, walks, and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade