Do I need to get a permit for work I am doing at my home?

You do not need a permit if you are building, installing, repairing or replacing:

  • Any wall or edging used for landscaping purposes not more than 2 feet high or 1 foot wide
  • Counter, wall, or partition less than five feet nine inches in height
  • Exterior replastering (including architectural applications) that does not require lath
  • Leak in drains, soil, waste or vent pipes provided that repair does not require total replacement
  • Motors or other portable appliances energized by means of a cord having an attachment plug end
  • One-story detached accessory building such as a tool and storage sheds, playhouses, or similar uses, with a floor area less than 120 square feet
  • Painting, wall papering, floor covering, or similar finish work
  • Platform (decks, balconies, boardwalk, etc.) not more than 30 inches above grade
  • Pre-fabricated swimming pool with walls entirely above ground and a capacity less than 5,000 gallons
  • Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles, but not the outlets
  • Removal and reinstallation of water closets in the same location
  • Replacing motors, transformers or appliances with the same type and rating in the same location
  • Stoppages or leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures
  • Temporary decorative lighting
  • Water tank that holds less than 5,000 gallons, is placed directly on the floor, and is not more that twice as tall as it is wide
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall and not projecting more than 54 inches

Any other work that involves the following requires a building, plumbing or electrical permit:

  • Altering
  • Constructing
  • Demolishing
  • Enlarging
  • Erecting
  • Installing
  • Repairing

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1. Do I need to get a permit for work I am doing at my home?
2. When do I need to get the permit?
3. Who can request the building permit?
4. What is involved in getting a permit?
5. What do I have to have with me to apply for a building permit?
6. Can I build a wall on my property?
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