Typical Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement Project Building Permit Requirements

Typical home improvement projects that require a Building Permit:
  • Additions
  • Attic pull-down stairs
  • Attics, finish existing
  • Basements, build or enlarge
  • Carports, new or enclose existing
  • Decks, new (on footings or posts) or enclose existing
  • Dormers, new
  • Fences required for pedestrian safety as provided for by Section 3306, or used for the barrier for a swimming pool. A Zoning Certification Permit is still required for all other fences
  • Garages
  • Masonry chimneys
  • Porches, new and enclose existing
  • Retaining walls supporting more than 3 feet (914 mm) of unbalanced fill
  • Sheds, attached to house
  • Sheds or playhouses, detached greater than 256 square feet
  • Skylights
  • Swimming pools, greater than 150 square feet, greater than 5,000 gallons, and greater than 24 inches deep
Visit the Applications, Forms and Fees page to download an application and fee schedule.

Home Improvement Projects that Do Not Require a Building Permit

  • Ceramic tile, hardwood floors, carpet, crown molding, baseboards, trim
  • Doors and windows (in existing openings)
  • Gutters and down spouts
  • Kitchen cabinets (new and existing)
  • On-grade patios
  • Recreational equipment (swing sets, jungle gyms, skateboard ramps, etc.)
  • Roof repairs
  • Replacement of siding
  • Sheds or playhouses less than 256 square feet - A Zoning Certification Permit is still required.
Properties located in the Historical Overlay District will require approval from the Architectural Review Board (ARB) prior to approval of any building and/or zoning permit requiring exterior modifications.