Projects Requiring Permits

Requirements
Residents must obtain permits from the Building Inspection Office for construction and remodeling projects. Permit applications can be picked up at the Building Inspection Office or are available on the permit forms and instructions webpage. Permits must be obtained before construction begins.

Applicants should allow 2 business days for processing.
Types of Projects
Projects requiring a permit before construction include the following:
  • Additions, including:
    • Decks
    • Fences
    • Sheds
  • Roofing, siding, and window replacements, if the value is greater than $1,000

  • Electric, plumbing, and heating changes (including water softeners and heaters)
  • New homes
  • Remodeling projects
  • Commercial signs
Any project that requires excavating, improving, altering, converting, repairing, extending, or demolishing of a lot, building, or structure must first obtain a building permit. Separate permits must be obtained for land disturbing, erosion control, plumbing, heating, electrical, and building. Permits are also required for signs, both temporary and permanent. Signs include banners, flags, balloons, and sandwich boards.

If you still question whether or not you need a permit for your project, please call the Building Inspector at 608-849-5613.