Do I need a permit for ordinary repairs?

You do not need a permit for ordinary repairs and specific exceptions to the code.
Ordinary repairs and Exceptions are:

  • Installation of cabinets in all occupancies.
  • Installation or replacement or floor finishes in all occupancies. Light fixtures and ceiling fans, within the dwelling unit in occupancies of Use Group R-2 and in occupancies of Use Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5.
  • Painting any portion of a structure, repair of plaster, interior tile and other wall coverings in all occupancies.
  • Replacement of 100 square foot or less of roof decking in Use Group R-3, R-4 or R-5 unless the decking to be replaced was required at time of original construction to be fire-retardant-treated or protected in some other way to form a fire-rated wall termination.
  • Replacement of mechanical appliances provided such equipment is not fueled by gas or oil, within the dwelling unit in occupancies of Use Group R-2 where serving a single family dwelling and in Use Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5.
  • Replacement of plumbing equipment without alteration of the water supply and distribution system, sanitary drainage systems or vent systems.
  • Replacement of windows and doors of similar operation and opening dimension that do not require changes to existing framed opening.

Ordinary repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing support, change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas or oil, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.

One story detached accessory structures not located in a designated flood zone and used as tool and storage shed, playhouse or similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 256 square feet in size, the building eave height is 10 feet or less and the maximum height from the finished floor level to grade does not exceed 18 inches.

When a permit is required, it must be obtained before work begins. Only in emergency situations will work be allowed to start before obtaining a permit. These situations would include needs for emergency heat, hot water or replacement safety glass. Permits, notification and inspections must be obtained the next working day.

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