Building Permits

Work Requiring a Permit
A permit is required for most construction and/or repair projects, including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. Permits are necessary for, but not limited to: residential and business additions, alterations, patios, decks, gardens, and retaining walls, swimming pools, spas, air conditioners, all electrical and plumbing installation, including sprinklers, water heaters, and gas lines.

Obtaining a Permit

A homeowner can obtain a permit to make improvements on their own home. You can do your own design and prepare your own plans, as long as they show compliance with all the applicable codes, including, but not limited to structural, energy, and fire, life, and safety items. You will be responsible for these items.

For additional information regarding requirements for obtaining a permit, please visit the Home Additions page. 

Qualified Personnel
It is recommended in most cases to use the services of a qualified professional. This may be required if minimum code requirements are not complied with. Licensed individuals must be bonded and provide their own workers compensation and liability insurance.

This could potentially be a burden for a homeowner not normally covered for these types of exposure. It is recommended you contact your insurance agent and review your coverage before taking on a project.

Priority Permitting and Inspections
For information on priority permitting and inspections for affordable housing projects click here (English/Spanish).

Additional Information
For more information or to apply for a building permit, please use the contact the Building Department at 661-746-5002, ext. 5026.