When is a Building Permit Required?

A person, firm or corporation shall not erect, construct, enlarge, add to, alter, repair, replace, improve, remove, install, convert, equip, use, occupy or maintain a structure or building service equipment without first obtaining a permit from the Permit Department.

A permit is required for:

  • All detached accessory structures
  • Carports
  • Demolitions
  • Fences
  • Garage or carport conversions
  • New driveway approach or sidewalk or alteration of existing driveway approach or sidewalk if work is being done in the right-of-way
  • New or remodel residential and commercial buildings
  • Patio covers
  • Porch enclosures
  • Retaining walls over 48 inches
  • Roof replacement
  • Room additions
  • Signs
  • Solar panel installation

Remodeling & Repairs

You may also need a permit when remodeling or making repairs. This may include:

  • Air conditioners, evaporative coolers or furnaces being added or relocated
  • Connecting irrigation systems to a water supply
  • Electrical circuits being added or relocated
  • Gas line or gas-fired equipment installations or repairs
  • Sewer and water line installations or repair
  • Sinks, toilets, tubs, or showers to be added or relocated
  • Wall removals or relocations
  • Water heater replacement or relocation
  • Water softener installations or replacement
  • Window or exterior doors in which sizes or locations are being changed