Permit Exemptions

The following are types of work allowed on existing single-family residences and related accessory structures that are exempt from permit. Repair work is also exempt from permit, provided the work does not encroach over subsurface disposal systems or required yards.

Note: Exemption from permit requirements shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the currently adopted code. If the property owner desires a permit for financing or any other reason, a permit will be issued and inspections performed in the usual manner.


  • Retrofitted insulation
  • On-grade concrete slabs
  • Sidewalks and driveways-a permit is required for the driveway approach or curb cuts.
  • Masonry repair
  • Porches and decks that do not extend more than 30 inches above grade (including steps) and where the edge of the porch, deck or floor does not come closer than 5 feet to property lines.
  • Patio covers, not over 200 square feet in area.
  • Painting and interior wall, floor and ceiling covering.
  • Non-bearing partitions, except when such partitions create habitable rooms
  • Shelving and cabinet work
  • Repair or replacement of gutters and downspouts
  • Non-habitable accessory buildings not over 200 square feet or 10 feet in average roof height, not encroaching in required yards (5 feet)
  • Window or door replacement where no structural member is replaced (except for windows in which the glazing is required to be safety glass)
  • Replacement or repair of siding not required to be fire resistant
  • Reroofing, where replacement or repair of roofing does not exceed 30% of the required live load design capacity and is not required to be fire resistant
  • Plastic-glazed storm windows
  • Fences not over 6 feet high, except for barriers around swimming pools
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet high, measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • Frame-covered accessory buildings no more than 500 square feet, one story in height or closer than 5 feet to the property line, where the structure is composed of a rigid framework to support membrane that provides a weather barrier
  • Portable heating appliances, portable ventilation appliances, and portable cooling units