Types of Permits

Types of Permits

Building Permit2A building permit is needed for almost any project that involves building or altering a structure or its plumbing, mechanical, or electrical systems.

Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a construction permit.
No construction activity can start until a construction permit has been issued.

Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, the completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.
We place a priority on providing you with a high level of service and the resources necessary to keep your project moving.

There can be many aspects to a building project, including architecture, electrical and plumbing, and the City's objective is to ensure the finished project meets its safety, aesthetical, and community standards.
The City's Planning Division is responsible for reviewing the Zoning requirement of the site location for construction project plans.

Some projects may require blueprints or third-party environmental impact reports. Others, like a reroofing project on an existing structure may only require a written estimate from a licensed contractor. Some projects may be exempt from needing a permit. Click here to find out if your project is exempt from requiring a building permit.

Once approval is granted, a permit is issued for the construction to begin. The construction must be started within one (1) year from the issuance date of the permit.

BuildingInspector2A City building inspector may need to inspect the project during or after the construction to ensure the work is being done according to the approved plans and City building codes. These inspections are specified in the permit and may occur without the need for the home or business owner to be present.
The City may also engage the services of pre-approved outside inspectors for certain types of construction projects.
After the final inspection, building permit records and copies of approved plans are kept on file at the City as required by state law.

Building permits are typically required for the following types of projects:
• Electrical
• Plumbing
• Signs
• Window Replacement
• Siding Replacement