Guide to Obtaining a Building Permit for Single Family Dwellings

Guide to obtaining a building permit for single family dwellings

What do I need a permit for?

  • Any structure being added outside the current footprint of your house. This includes: home additions, pools, garages, fences, sheds, tents, generators, solar panels, decks, patios, etc.
  • Internal renovations or anything inside your house that requires moving, adding, removing, or replacing walls, floors or ceilings. 
  • Replacing, moving, or adding doors, windows, exterior siding, roofs, rooftop solar panels, or dormers.
  • Electrical work
  • Most Plumbing work 
  • Heating and Cooling work
  • Demolishing or building a new house.

Click on the activity below to find a guide to the departments you may need to see as part of the permit process.

If you are planning more than one project, click on each one to find the permit requirements. You can apply for all projects under one permit application.

Depending on the complexity of your project and whether or not you have met all of the requirements for each department, it can take several days, weeks, or more to get a building permit.

Renovations (to existing structures)AdditionsOther


Home Additions


BathroomDeckWindow/Door Replacement
Removing Walls/ Reconfiguring SpacePoolSolar Panels
GarageFences > 8ftGenerator
Fireplace/Fences ≤ 8ftHeating/Air Conditioning
ChimneyShed >200sq.ft.Demolition
Attic/BasementShed ≤ 200sq.ft. New House

If you don't see a category that fits your needs, please see the Building Department.