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In most instances, as a general guideline, the following types of projects can proceed without a building permit. Please note exemption from building permit requirements does not grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner that is in violation of the building code or any other laws or ordinances, including work that requires a zoning permit.
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Permits, either construction or zoning related, are usually required when making a change or adding something to your property.
Building permits are required when:
You don't need a building permit for painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
Small sheds 200 square feet or less in size don't need a building permit but they do require a zoning permit.
Plumbing permits are needed when adding or changing plumbing fixtures, pipes, adding a second/irrigation meter, changing out water heaters/softeners and making changes to supply or drainage systems. You do not need a plumbing permit to re-set an existing toilet in a single family home, to replace a faucet, or to make repairs to an existing fixture.
Mechanical permits are required to add or change out heating, venting, air conditioning systems, and fire suppression systems.
Zoning permits are required for sheds over 25 sf to 200 sf and less in size. Sheds over 200 sf require a building permit. Zoning permits are also needed for fences, sheds, driveways, concrete slabs, patios (decks require a building permit), sidewalks, and parking pads.
Working in, excavating, or obstructing a street, boulevard, or alley requires a right of way permit. Replacing, expanding, or altering a driveway may require a right-of-way permit. Right of way permit applicants must provide proof of insurance and a bond/check to ensure work completed properly.
Prior to renting/letting any dwelling unit a rental license is required, regardless of the amount/type of rent paid or familial relationship with the property owner. The rental license process involves permit application and inspection.
When the occupancy of a building changes a permit and associated review is required.
Most electrical alterations, additions, or change-outs require an electrical permit. This includes utility service providers adding electrical back haul.
Many lots have easements which provide for drainage and utilities. If your project impacts an easement you must apply for an easement encroachment permit. Anything you put in an easement is at your own risk, meaning if the easement is needed for drainage or utility purposes your private property may be removed/removed and you will not be compensated.
Certain businesses require a business license to operate.
Most changes to property require some type of permit. There are two different categories of permits:
Zoning review including site plan, variance, conditional use permit, nonconformance expansion permit, and platting (property subdivision) may be required prior to securing a building or zoning permit.
Permit review consists of submitting and review of applications and attachments and conducting inspections. Permits must be applied for using City application forms. You will need to complete the appropriate application form and supply required plans and materials. Applications may be downloaded and completed online where available and are also available for pick-up at City Hall.
Site plans are often required.
You may need to locate your property by finding and exposing corner pins/stakes. The City has a metal detector loan program available to assist. The City doesn't locate property lines.
If you are unsure of where to begin, please review our permit guide.
Detailed information on permitting is included in our permit guide.
Surveys are not required for: interior remodels, re-roofs, re-siding, windows/doors.
Surveys will be required for residential building projects unless the work qualifies for one of the following exclusions:
This final exception also applies to expansions that have been reviewed and approved through the land use process using an existing survey or site plan.
New residential construction will always require submittal of a survey to document the proposed grading extent, location of erosion control, proposed drainage following construction, etc. Exceptions to this rule include:
If you have questions contact permitting.
Surveys will be required for commercial and industrial building projects unless the work qualifies for one of the following exclusions:
New commercial or industrial construction will always require submittal of a survey to document the proposed grading extent, location of erosion control, proposed drainage following construction, etc. Exceptions to this rule include:
Applications for new construction or expansions of existing footprints will be required to provide an as-built grading survey if one of the following criteria apply:
If you have questions contact permitting.
Surveys are necessary for proposals that require a land use application:
Exception: If the applicant is improving a property such that building footprints, hardcover, etc, will not change (i.e. building upwards) and an old to-scale survey or site plan already provides all information necessary to complete a review, the old survey or site plan may be accepted for the new land use process at staff's discretion.
When survey requirements apply to a project, Community Development typically use discretion to minimize survey costs whenever possible by excluding extraneous information that will be unnecessary for determining zoning compliance.
Work without a permit could result in a stop-work order, an investigative fee, and for contractors, an investigation from the State.
Savvy home buyers and realtors want to see proof of permitted work, so also keep in mind that if un-permitted work is occurring at your home, it could be an issue if you choose to sell.
The City has to follow building code rules for expiring permits, but in many cases if the work is ongoing, we can extend the permit beyond its original expiration date. Contact the Building Official.
Permits are active for 180 days from the issuance of the permit or last inspection, whichever is greater. It is important to not let your permit expire. Contact the Building Official for more information.
Emergency repairs can be done without first obtaining the necessary permits, but the permits must be quickly obtained after the work has been done. Please remember inspections are a required part of permitting process and inspectors must be able to see what they are inspecting. We recommend you to reach out to the Building Official as soon as possible and proceed with an abundance of caution.
Unless otherwise instructed a contractor and/or property owner/representative must be present when an inspection is conducted.
You may email permitting at any time or call 952-873-5553 during normal business hours to schedule an inspection. We will make every effort to conduct an inspection within 48 hours of our receipt of a request. You will need to provide information on the type of inspection, permitted street address, permit number, name of person meeting the inspector, and a contact phone number.