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How To Tell If You Need A Building Permit

A Quick Guide On Permits For Home Renovations

 

Why Do I Need a Building Permit?

Depending on the type of home improvement work you intend to do, your city may require a building permit. Permits ensure that everything you want to do is safe, legal, and on record. Luckily, not every change requires a permit! Here’s a handy list of some common projects that won’t require a permit, and some that will:

What Does Not Require a Permit?

  • New or replacement cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Tiling
  • Carpeting
  • Painting
  • Backyard play equipment
  • Sidewalks and concrete patios no more than 30” high
  • Fences up to 6’ high (restrictions apply)
  • Retaining walls up to 3’ high with a level backfill
  • Window air conditioners with wall plug
  • Tool/storage sheds under 120 s.f. (restrictions apply)

What Does Require a Building Permit?

  • Removing interior walls to change the layout of the house.
  • Changing out windows
  • Room additions and balconies
  • Guesthouses
  • Patio and trellis covers
  • Gazebos and arbors
  • Patio enclosures
  • Pools, pool equipment, and equipment enclosures
  • Treehouses and playhouses
  • Replacing a furnace, air conditioner, or water heater
  • Solar panels
  • Converting tub to shower or shower to tub
  • Above ground spa (electrical permit)
  • Upgrading electrical meters
  • Replacing roof coverings
  • Re-piping
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures
  • Replacing wood siding or stucco
Questions? Let an EZ Plans licensed Architect guide you through the building permit process with our simple, five-step method. Visit our website or call today to get started on your home improvement project!