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
- 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
- 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
- Replacing plumbing fixtures
- Replacing wood siding or stucco