Work Requiring a Permit

Building Code: Section 105.1

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

Types of Work Requiring a Permit

Examples of work that require permits are:
  • Above or below grade flammable and combustible liquid tank removal or installation
  • Additions of any size
  • Changes in Use or Occupancy
  • Changing exits or exit components in any way
  • Creating new rooms or spaces within a structure
  • Demolition of all or part of a structure
  • Dormers
  • Enlarging existing structures, rooms or spaces
  • Fire protection system work (See Chapter 9)
  • New heating plant (including replacement)
  • New structures including:
    • Awnings
    • Carports
    • Decks
    • Garages
    • Gazebos
    • Pools (above and below ground)
    • Sheds
    • Tents
  • Non-structural modifications (removing non-bearing walls)
  • Renovating rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • Structural changes or repairs

Note Regarding Code

It should be noted and clarified the language in the above code section does not say nor does it intend to imply that only structural work needs permits. The codes also pertain to several facets of the non-structural parts of a building/structure.