What Type Of Work On Buildings Can I Do Without A Permit?

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. 

  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet high, inclusive of footings
  • Platforms, decks, walks and driveways not over 30 inches above grade and not attached to a building
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work (installation of hard surface floor finishes in apartments, condominium, and other multifamily buildings must comply with sounds transmission class [STC] ratings and are not exempt from a permit)
  • Window awnings for one or two family dwellings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the wall, do not interfere with a public right of way, and do not require additional support
  • Movable cases, counter, and partitions not over five feet, nine inches in height
  • Installation of roof gutter systems (downspouts shall not be directed to adjacent properties)
  • Installation of battery operated or plug-in type smoke and carbon monoxide detectors 
  • The following types of window and door related work are exempt from permits:
  • Installation of storm windows and storm doors
  • Replacement of wood sash for prime windows
  • Installation of vinyl jamb liner weather-stripping for existing window sash
  • Replacement of glass, screens, wood parts, and other minor repairs

Show All Answers

1. Do I Need A Permit?
2. What Is The Difference Between A Building And A Zoning Permit?
3. What Do I Need To Submit A Permit Application?
4. Do You Have "How To" Guides For Permitting?
5. Do I Need A Survey For My Permit?
6. What Happens If I Do Work Without A Permit?
7. I Received A Notification My Permit Expired, But The Project Is Not Completed: What Should I Do?
8. How Long Is My Permit Good For?
9. What Type Of Work On Buildings Can I Do Without A Permit?
10. What If I Have Emergency Repairs?
11. Do I Need To Be On-Site For An Inspection?
12. How Do I Set Up An Inspection?