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Do I Need a Residential Building Permit?

 The following residential work requires a permit:

  • Any work exceeding $15,000
  • Any structural work
  • Most foundation and roof work
  • Most electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work
  • Expanding the building envelope or conditioned space

View more details about work requiring a permit

View Residential Zoning-Building application and requirements checklist.

 

Do I need a zoning review?

If any of the conditions below are part of a Residential Zoning-Building Permit application, a Zoning Compliance Permit is required. Please discuss with Planning staff in Development Services if you are unsure.

  • 500 s.f. or more of impervious surface;
  • 1,500 s.f. or more of land disturbance;
  • Grading or filling;
  • 5 feet or less from the Resource Conservation District or Jordan Riparian Buffer boundaries;
  • Encroachment into the 100-year floodplain;
  • Encroachment into steep slopes per LUMO Section 5.3.2 (400 s.f. or greater of slopes 15% or greateR);
  • Inside the Historic District; or
  • Adding an accessory dwelling unit.

 

Need help?

No problem! Contact Development Services to find answers to your questions.

 


Application Forms


There are multiple ways to apply for a permit! You can apply for a permit either in person or by submitting your documents via e-mail. You also have the option of using our online permitting system to submit your permits.

1. Download Application Forms

You may download applications forms and submit them in electronic format or in person to Development Services.

  1. Download the Checklist and Residential Zoning-Building Permit. ✔
  2. Download the required Recyclable Materials Form. ✔
  3. Use the table below to determine which review schedule applies to your project and which additional application materials are needed: ▼

2. Online Permitting

You can access our online permitting system here.

  Required Specifications Example Projects  Site Plan Checklist  Example Documents 
Regular Review  

Impervious surface (ISA) > 1500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD) > 5000 sq. ft.

In/near Special Protection Area

 

New Houses

Large Additions

Large hardscape / grading

Regular Site Checklist

Regular Site Plan Example
Express Review (< 5 days)  

Impervious Surface (ISA) 500 to 1500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD) 1500 to 5000 sq. ft.

Grading / new foundation

 

Small Additions

New Accessory Dwellings

New Driveways, Garages

Express Site Plan Checklist

Express Site Plan Example

Express Site Detail Drawing Example

Exempt Review (same day)  

Impervious Surface (ISA) <500 sq. ft.

Land Disturbance (LD)<1500 sq. ft.

No grading

Decks, Porches, Patios, Sunrooms.

Finishing unfinished attic / basement.

 

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