When Permits Are Required



  • Adding/altering a room.
  • Building, demolishing, or moving a carport, garage, or shed more than 200 square feet in area or 10 feet in height (measured from the finished floor to the top plate).
  • Finishing an attic, garage or basement to make additional living space.
  • Cutting a new window or door opening, or modifying an existing opening.
  • Moving, removing or adding walls.
  • Reroofing of commercial structures, multi-unit or connected structures housing more than 2 units, and residential structures when 15% or more of the sheathing is removed, or if the structure is in a wildfire hazard zone.
  • Building a stairway.
  • Building a deck more than 30 inches above grade.
  • Moving more than 50 cubic yards of earth or any amount of cut/fill on sites affected by waterways or slope hazards.
  • Replacing a hot water heater fixtures of appliances that are not “plug and play”. Examples include: water heater, toilet, gas stove, kitched hood, etc.
  • Electrical changes, such as adding circuits or altering existing circuits.
  • Demolition involving electrical, plumbing, or mechanical systems.
  • Work in the public right-of-way (sidewalks, planter strips along streets, driveways where they meet the sidewalk).