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Residential Frequently Asked Questions

When is a permit needed? 
A Building Permit is required whenever a property owner is constructing, altering, enlarging, repairing or demolishing a building, structure or tenant space.
A building permit is required for all of the following:
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Change of use of a property
  • Decks
  • Pools
  • Patios, sidewalks and driveways
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Signs
  • Finishing a basement
Is a permit required for replacement windows?
  • No, if the windows fit in the same opening without additional framing or blocking.
How much does a permit cost?
  • It depends on the type and cost of work. Fee schedules can be found online or obtained by contacting the Bureau of Code Enforcement.
How long does it take to process a permit?
  • We have 15 days to review permit applications for residential work and 45 days for commercial work. Who can apply and pay for a permit? The owner, a builder, or authorized agent for building and mechanical permits, registered plumber for plumbing permits and registered electrician for electrical permits.