To assure various construction, alteration and equipment installation projects are properly completed and safe, City Ordinances require that permits be issued before work is started. It is the responsibility of the property owner or contractor (whoever is actually doing the work) to obtain the necessary permits and post them at the construction site. Zoning ordinances and building codes may also affect approval of a project.
The permit application process helps assure that the project complies with these requirements. Not complying with this process could result in inconvenience, unnecessary expense and may jeopardize personal safety. It is important that you check with department staff regarding the code may not contain all of the code language necessary for your project.
For most residential projects, permits can be obtained in two to seven days. Large projects and commercial/industrial applications require additional time to process. However, for all but single-family houses, site plan review must first be obtained from the Planning Department.
The building permit often becomes the "clearing house" for all permits on a project, which must be approved prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Our building inspection team reviews plans, issues permits and performs inspections for building construction performed by licensed contractors and homeowners. Every permit involves inspections (see Inspections below) of the work to assure it has been completed safely and correctly.
A sample of Residential Inspection work consists of: new homes, remodeling, additions, decks, hot tubs, swimming pools and garages/accessory buildings.
Residential Building Permit Application
A sample of Commercial Inspection work consists of: new buildings, renovations, tenant’s spaces, additions, apartments and condominiums.
Commercial Building Permit Application
Our electrical inspection team reviews plans, issues permits and makes inspections for electrical work performed by licensed electrical contractors and homeowners.
A sample of Electrical Inspection work consists of: new installation, upgraded service, additional circuits and equipment wiring.
Electrical Permit Application
Our mechanical inspection team reviews plans, issues permits and makes inspections for mechanical work performed by licensed mechanical contractors and homeowners.
A sample of Mechanical inspection work consists of: new furnaces, central air units, fire sprinkler systems and mechanical exhaust.
Mechanical Permit Application
Our plumbing inspection team reviews plans, issues permits and makes inspections for plumbing work performed by licensed plumbing contractors and homeowners.
Plumbing Permit Application
Our sign inspection team reviews plans, issues permits and makes inspections for signs located primarily in commercial and industrial zoning districts.
Sign Permit Application
The number of inspections needed varies widely depending on the type of permit and scope of the project. The contractor or homeowner who has taken out the permit is responsible for requesting inspections. At least 24 hours prior notice is desired from the permit holder.
A general sample of inspection work consists of: hot water heaters, new toilet facilities, remodeled plumbing systems, underground plumbing, water supply lines.