Building Official FAQs

When are Building Permits Required?

"Any owner, agent or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy classification (principal use) of a building or structure or to erect, install, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any structural, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes, or cause such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit..." 2015 Standard Building Code.

Permits are not generally required for maintenance and minor repairs as long as such work does not violate the technical codes.

If in question as to whether or not a proposed project requires a permit, contact the Building Official.

Technical codes include International Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code, Swimming Pool Code and National Electric Code

What is Necessary to Obtain a Building Permit?

  1. Completed application form (available at City Hall)
  2. A scaled or fully dimensioned site plan showing all property lines, existing construction, proposed construction, utility easements, dimensions from property lines and other pertinent site information.
  3. Other information as necessary to completely show the scope of work and compliance to applicable code requirements. This may include complete blueprints, simple floor plans, elevation drawings, or simply a description of materials used, depending upon the particular project involved.
  4. A 24-hour minimum review period, though this can be longer in extenuating circumstances.


How Do Building Codes Help You?

Locally adopted building codes and related ordinances are, when properly administered by competent persons, designed to protect persons and property by insuring structural integrity, fire protection, health and sanitation in the buildings within which persons work, live and play.