Building Code Requirements

Application for a permit shall be made to the building official and a permit shall be obtained prior to commencing any of the following activities:
  • Construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion or demolition of a building or structure, including the installation or altering of any equipment regulated by the USBC.
  • Change of Occupancy of an existing structure when a new certificate is required by the USBC
  • Movement of a lot line that increases the hazard to or decreases the level of safety of an existing building or structure.
  • Removing or disturbing any asbestos containing materials during demolition, alteration, renovation of or additions to buildings or structures.
Examples
A building permit is required for the following:
  • Add or replace an existing deck
  • Building a detached garage or utility building greater than 256 square feet in size
  • Changes to duct systems, plumbing supply, drain, waste and vent piping, appliance vent systems and gas piping, other than reconnection to replacement equipment
  • Finish an unfinished area or basement
  • Install attic pull-down stairs
  • Install new attic fan (not replacement)
  • Install new sump pump (not replacement)
  • Install swimming pool above or below ground when 24 inches or greater
  • Installation of replacement siding, roofing, porch flooring and windows in buildings within the historic district
  • Installing gas fired heaters or fireplace logs
  • Installing new electrical circuits
  • Replace any fuel fired (gas, oil, etc.) appliances
  • Replace water or sewer service lines