Residential Work That Does Not Require a Permit

The building code allows work to be done without obtaining a permit. While a permit is not required, the work must be in compliance with the code. The following information pertains to single-family dwellings only. It does not pertain to apartments or condominiums, which are commercial projects.

Some examples of work that does not require a permit are ordinary repairs and improvements, including, but not limited to:

  • Painting the inside or outside of the house or detached structures
  • Repairing drywall, plaster, siding, re-roofing/shingles, etc.
  • Installing new floor coverings, such as vinyl, carpet, or hardwood
  • Installing or refurbishing cabinetry
  • Repairing or replacing porch flooring or deck flooring.  *Note: A permit is required to repair or replace the structural elements or include posts and guard systems 
  • Repairing or replacing handrails on a porch or deck
  • Installing or replacing doors and windows, including storm windows, where no structural change is performed
  • Installing or replacing gutters and downspouts
  • Installing driveways or sidewalks
  • Constructing or installing a storage shed, playhouse, etc., 256 square feet or less in area
  • Adding a fence (which is not part of a swimming pool enclosure) - refer to subdivision covenants, if applicable
  • Building recreational equipment, such as swings, skateboard ramps, jungle gyms, etc.
  • Adding insulation
  • Installing any wiring or equipment which operates at less than 50 volts
  • Installing a security alarm system
  • Replacing an electrical water heater with a new electric water heater
  • Replacing electrical fixtures, such as switches and receptacles
  • Replacing a ceiling fan to a pre-wired switch, that has a ceiling fan rated and supported box
  • Replacing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, faucets, etc.
  • Retaining walls that retain less than 36 inches of fill/earth or walks less than 3 feet tall for landscaping purposes only
  • Replacing electrical cook top stoves, ranges, and dryers