Questions & Answers

What home repairs and improvements require a permit?


  • Electric; install or replace wire
  • Electric Service; work on existing service or panel (including upgrade)
  • Light; outdoor poles

Interior/Exterior Structures:

  • Additions, Awnings, Carports, Covered Patios, Doors & Windows
  • Drywall; all repairs over 10 square feet
  • Lights; outdoor pole or temporary service
  • Load Bearing post; Replace or modify
  • Pool/spa enclosure
  • Pool/spa; install in-ground or above-ground
  • Railings; install, replace or repair
  • Remodeling; all interior and exterior
  • Roof; new and reroof
  • Screen Room
  • Screen room; install vinyl or glass in existing walls
  • Shed; install
  • Siding; new or replace
  • Soffit or Fascia; new or replace over 10 feet
  • Stairs; install, replace or repair
  • Walls; all interior or exterior removal, extension or new walls
  • Wood deck; install or repair (when over 30 inches above grade)

Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • A/C; install central heat of A/C
  • A/C; install wall unit
  • A/C; replace heat condenser or air handler

Plumbing & Water Supply

  • Plumbing; install new
  • Sewer line; new or replace
  • Shower pan; replace
  • Spas; install
  • Water heater; replace any

When do I need a building permit?

Generally, when any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, a permit is required.

What is a Building Permit?

It is a legal document that gives you permission to start construction of a building project at an agreed upon location, within a set time frame, in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. It also gives lending institutions the assurance that the contractor is licensed, insured and has a legal right to build the project. When purchasing a home or property, it is in your best interest to ensure that all structures have been properly permitted. You are legally responsible for any un-permitted structures.

When is a permit not required?

Generally, Redecorating and minor repair jobs do not require a building permit. This includes replacing cabinets, replacing floor covering, painting and decorating, repairing drywall (under 10 sqft), replacing plumbing fixtures (if you are not altering the plumbing system), and replacing light fixtures and appliances (if you are not altering or replacing wiring).