A permit is not required for routine maintenance work or cosmetic improvements such as carpet, painting, vinyl siding, replacement of cabinets, replacement of same-size windows, residential storage buildings under 120 square feet in size, fences, etc.
Note: Fences must meet zoning restrictions regarding height and placement.
A permit is required for new construction, demolition and any alteration, addition, repair or renovation beyond basic cosmetic improvements. Separate permits are required for any work in the following areas: building (including reroofing), heating-ventilation-air conditioning, electrical, demolition, fire detection and suppression, signs, plumbing, swimming pools over 36 inches deep or moving a building. Failure to obtain the proper permits can result in financial penalties and/or orders to remove unauthorized construction work or installations.