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When Is a Permit Required?
What Work Requires a Building Permit?
  • Any building, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work requires a permit.  This also includes interior remodeling, improvements, conversion, demolition, and change of occupancy
  • The removal or adding of interior walls (bearing and non-bearing) requires plan submittals and a building permit
  • For electrical permits, contact the State Department of Labor and Industries, 764-6900
  • Fences more than 6 feet high require a building permit and submittal of plans
  • Fences 6' or less in height require a fence permit and site plan

Exemptions From Building Permits
The following do not require a building permit:
  • For residential uses, 1-story detached accessory storage structures, such as tool sheds or playhouses, less than 200 square feet and not used to store a vehicle
  • For commercial and industrial uses, 1-story detached accessory storage structures less than 120 square feet
  • Sidewalks and driveways
  • Finish work, such as painting, carpeting, cabinets, and counter tops
  • Swing sets and playground equipment
  • Residential decks if all of the following are true:
    • Deck is not attached to a structure 
    • Deck is less than 200 square feet
    • Deck is less than 30 inches above grade
    • Deck does not have a roof covering
  • Reroofing a single family dwelling or private garage, if less than 25% of the existing roof sheathing is being replaced
  • Replacing siding over existing siding or exterior sheathing
  • Portable heating and cooling units
  • Clearing stoppages or repairing leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures, provided the repair does not involve the replacement of pipes, valves, or fixtures