Construction that requires a building permit includes, but is not limited to:
- New buildings
- Additions that increase the physical dimensions of a building including decks.
- Alterations to the building structure, cost shall include market labor value, or alternations to the building’s heating, electrical or plumbing systems.
- Replacement of major building equipment, including furnaces, and central air conditioners, water heaters and any other major piece of equipment shall require a permit.
- Alteration of plumbing, venting, electrical or gas supply systems.
- Any electrical wiring for new construction or remodeling
- Any plumbing for new construction or remodeling
- Agricultural buildings and mechanicals.
Construction activities that do NOT require a building permit include, but are not limited to:
- Re-siding, re-roofing, and finishing of interior surfaces, installation of cabinetry, and repairs which are deemed minor by the Building Inspector. Not withstanding this section, however, a permit accompanied by structural load-bearing calculations shall be required for re-roofing a building if the proposed re-roofing would constitute a third or more layer of roofing.
- Normal repairs of HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment or systems
After reading this list, you more than likely will still have projects that require the building inspector’s judgment as to whether or not a permit is needed.
WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE CALL AND CHECK BEFORE STARTING A PROJECT. AVOID BEING RED TAGGED AND FRUSTRATING DELAYS.