A building permit is required for new construction of residential dwellings and commercial buildings; and, any time there is an addition, alteration, repair, or conversion to the main structure or an accessory structure.
Work that requires a building permit:
All new buildings
Commercial tenant finish
Demolishing a structure*
Heating and HVAC - Furnace, air conditioners, evaporative coolers, and water heaters
Window replacement with a size change or new opening - a permit is needed
Like-for-like window replacements - no permit needed
*There are restrictions related to demolishing a building or structure that is 50 years or older. The Historic Preservation Board Review Team reviews all demo permits for structures 50 years or older. If it is determined that the building may have historical significance, the permit is referred to the Historic Preservation Board for consideration of a stay of issuing the permit. The Historic Preservation Board may issue a stay up to 90 days. The stay may be appealed to the City Council.
Fees and payments
Fees are based on the estimated value of work being done. Payment is due when permits are issued. You may pay with a check, cash, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). Permit fees larger than $10,000 must be paid with a check or wire transfer.