Building Permit Exemptions

A building permit is required for:
  • Constructing, reconstructing, altering or demolishing a structure.
  • Changing the use of a structure; removing or disturbing any asbestos containing materials.
  • Moving a lot line which affects an existing structure's continued compliance with the building regulations under which it was built


The following are exempt from permit requirements:
  • Parking lots and sidewalks, which are not part of an accessible route.
  • Recreational equipment such as swing sets, sliding boards, climbing bars, jungle gyms, skateboard ramps and similar equipment, when installed for private use.
  • Farm buildings not used for residential purposes. Please contact the inspections department for specific information on what is defined as a farm building.
  • Installation of wiring and equipment which operates at less than 50 volts (television cabling, network powered broadband communications systems, telephone and data wiring, etc.) except in any case when the installation involves penetrations through fire rated or protected assemblies or equipment.
  • Detached residential accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, when fewer than 150 square feet of building area.
  • Tents and air supported structures that cover an area of 900 square feet or less and with an occupant load of 50 or less persons.
  • Fences not part of the barrier for a swimming pool, and retaining walls 4 feet or less in height.
  • Swimming pools which are 150 square feet or less in surface area, and 5,000 gallons or less of water capacity, and 24 inches or less in depth.
  • Replacement of mechanical and plumbing equipment and appliances except those fueled by gas or oil in most residential dwelling units, if they do not involve additional wiring.
  • Replacement of roof coverings and installation or replacement of siding on residential structures.
  • Replacement of floor coverings and porch flooring.
  • Painting, repair of plaster, interior tile or other wall coverings.
  • Replacement of windows, doors, electrical switches, outlets, light fixtures and ceiling fans in residential dwellings.
  • Bolt together metal carports, when not installed on a permanent foundation.

Building permits are required for per-assembled structures such as manufactured and modular homes.