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.