Building Permits

Building Permits – IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED

A building permit is required prior to starting construction. If the project requires plumbing, electrical, grading, fire protection or HVAC (residential only), a separate permit is required for each.

Building permits are required for:

Additions, renovations, fire places, new buildings larger than 200 sq. ft., swimming pools and fences, demolitions, garages, temporary buildings, mobile home installations and prefabricated structures with permanent foundations retaining walls.

New buildings, additions and alterations to buildings other than detached one and two family dwellings require 3 complete sets of architectural, structural, mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning-hvac), plumbing and electrical construction documents, drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail to show the nature and character of work to be performed. The documents shall be prepared in compliance with this code, and shall bear the seal and signature of the appropriate Professional Engineer or Architect, affixed to all sheets of all sets, at least one set of which shall bear the original (not reproduced) seal and signature.

 WHO REVIEWS THE APPLICATION AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE

Building permit applications and plans are reviewed by one or more of these Departments:

  • Department of Planning and Zoning
  • Health Department
  • Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits

Permit processing time for small additions such as sheds, decks, chimneys, etc., is approximately 3 business days. More detailed or complex permits are circulated for review immediately and the estimated processing time is 5 to 10 business days. Permits can take longer when special approvals or appeals are required.

 CAUTIONS AND CONCERNS WHEN APPLYING FOR A PERMIT FOR A COMPLEX PROJECT

There are many local, state and federal laws that may impact these projects, for example:

  • Handicapped accessibility requirements
  • Fire sprinkler requirements
  • Health Department requirements for food service equipment
  • Plot plans and building plans may be required depending upon the complexity of the project

THE INSPECTION AND APPROVAL PROCESS

Included with each building permit issued is an inspection information guide outlining the steps required to obtain the necessary inspections and approvals.

TIME LIMITATION OF BUILDING PERMIT

Once a building permit is issued, it will become invalid if the authorized work is not inspected within 180 days, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the work has begun. The Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits may grant up to a 180 day extension, if requested in writing by the applicant, prior to the permit expiring.