When do I need a building permit?

This permit is required when erecting, expanding, or changing buildings. Simple maintenance or repairs do not require a permit. A homeowner working on his own home or a State Licensed Contractor working on 1 or 2 family homes, or a City/State Licensed Contractor may apply for this permit. When applying for a Building Permit, please submit the following along with your online application:

  • Application form (Online Application)
  • Site plan or survey (for additions and decks)
  • Floor plan
  • Cross-section
  • Elevation
  • Energy calculations (new house or heated addition)
  • Description of work being done
  • Cost estimates including labor and materials (If the project is for minor remodeling or repairs, only a description and cost estimate is needed.)

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. What happens if I do work without a permit?
3. I received a notification that my permit expired, but the project is not completed: What should I do?
4. When do I need a building permit?
5. What building work can I do without a permit?
6. When do I need an electrical permit?
7. Who can apply for an electrical permit?
8. I am a homeowner: can I do my own electrical work?
9. When do I need a mechanical permit?
10. What mechanical work can I do without a permit?
11. When do I need a plumbing permit?
12. What plumbing work can I do without a permit?
13. What do I need zoning or public works approval on?
14. What if I have an emergency repair?
15. Do you have "how-to" guides for online permitting?
16. I submitted my permit application: how do I pay?
17. Who should I send RPZ reports to?