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Commercial permits require a minimum of 10 business days for staff review. Some residential permits can be issued immediately over the counter, including roofing, re-siding, HVAC, plumbing, and window replacements. Permits that require plan approval generally take five to seven business days for staff review. Examples include garages, additions, remodeling, decks, and others. Projects that involve variances or other land use requirements may require more time for review.
Permits are required when permanent repairs or improvements are made to a structure and the work is regulated by state or local codes and ordinances. Examples of work requiring a permit include, but are not limited to: Additions, Remodeling, Basement Finishes, Garages, Sheds, Decks, Driveways, Exterior Doors, Retaining Walls, Fences (over 4 feet in height), Roofing, Siding, Windows, Grading/Filling, Mechanical systems changes/additions, Electrical system changes/additions
Minor repairs to decks such as replacing a few boards do not require a permit. Larger repairs, such as installing all new decking, or a new guardrail, would require a permit. It is always best to consult an inspector prior to starting work that you assume requires no permit.
Permits issued for an addition or improvement to a single family residence and for accessory buildings are valid for a period of 180 days from the date of issuance (provided construction has begun within 90 days of issuance) with the exception of electrical permits, which are valid for 1 year from the date of issuance. Contact the Building Division for information regarding extensions.