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What is a building permit?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications.

What permits may I apply for online?

None at this time.

Do permits expire?

Permits are valid for 180 days. The permit will stay active as long as the work is continuous. If the work does not start or if work ceases for 180 days, the permit becomes null and void. The permit holder must submit a request showing just cause to the Building Official before an extension will be granted.

What if you do not get a permit?

If a permit is required and not obtained prior to the start of construction, you have violated jurisdiction codes and regulations and are subject to fines and other costly penalties.

Who may apply for a permit?

Permits can be issued to a homeowner, agent, or a licensed contractor. If a contractor is obtaining the permits, the contractor must show a copy of their business license, and State License if required by State Law.

How long does it take to get a permit?

Permit issuance varies from project to project. Some permits can be issued over counter such as water heater change outs, service meter upgrades, reroofs, and siding. Other projects may require plans be left for additional review or other approvals, such as Planning and Site Development.

How much does a permit cost?

Building permit fees vary according to the type and size of construction. General building permit fees are usually based on the valuation of the project, but always in accordance with the adopted schedule of fees.

Who may do the work?

A homeowner-occupant may do all of the work or hire a licensed contractor. If the homeowner chooses to perform the work, they are required to fill out a homeowner's affidavit.

What codes are enforced?

The City has adopted the following codes developed by the International Code Council:  International Building Code, International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, International Fire Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, National Electrical Code, and International Energy Conservation Code.

When do I pay my permit fees?

All permit fees are due upon submittal of plans and/or application.