Do I Need a Permit?

Some work does not require a permit, while other work does. Please review the list below to find our if you need a permit.

Permits are issued from the Development Center on the second floor of City Hall. Permits keep a written record of work performed at a property. This written record protects current and future users of a property from health and safety risks from poor construction and repairs.

Permits Are Required When You Are:

  • Adding to, removing, changing portions of the electrical system
  • Adding to, removing, changing portions of the heating system
  • Adding to, removing, changing portions of the plumbing system
  • Adding to, removing, changing walls, enlarging door or window openings
  • Replacing a furnace
  • Finishing a basement or attic
  • Adding a fireplace, wood stove or unit heater
  • Remodeling a kitchen or bath if electrical, plumbing, heating, or walls are disturbed
  • Adding or moving a deck
  • Building a storage shed over 200 square feet
  • Re-roofing if it involves replacement of wood roof sheathing (plywood or boards)
  • Installing or moving a sign
  • Installing or moving canopies or awnings on commercial or multi-unit housing 

Permits Are Not Required When You Are:

  • Painting and decorating
  • Wallpapering
  • Carpeting and floor finishing
  • Repairing plumbing faucet washers and cleaning traps
  • Replacement of electrical fixtures or devices with equivalent units approved for suitability
  • Cleaning and repairing gutters and downspouts
  • Roofing (not including replacing roof sheathing lumber)
  • Repairing a furnace 
  • Installing aluminum or vinyl siding, windows, storm windows, storm doors, or window awnings (provided there are no structural modifications)