Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is a Building Permit required for a wood deck?
A: Yes, a Building Permit is required for wood decks.
Q: Is a permit required for a fence?
A: No, permits are not required for the installation of fences.
Q: Is a permit required for replacement windows?
A: No, permits are not required if the opening for the window is not being increased.
Q: Is a permit required for a shed?
A: Yes, if the shed is larger than 50 square feet in area.
Q: Can I do the construction myself, or do I have to hire a contractor?
A: Homeowners can obtain permits without a license, if you are going to do the work yourself. A homeowners affidavit must be filled out indicating that you will not be paying a contractor to do the work.
Q: Why inspect a building during construction?
A: It is the only way to verify independently that the building will meet all of the community's codes. Before a home, office or store can be used, an average of 20 inspections are made to verify conformity to electrical, safety, sanitation, and structural standards.
Q: Why should minimum safety codes apply to my own home?
A: For several reasons:
- For the safety of your family and guests.
- To ensure the economic well-being of the community by reducing potential spread of fire and disease.
- For energy conservation.
- To protect future home purchasers who deserve reasonable assurance that the home they will buy will be safe. On average a home is resold every 5 to 7 years.