Sometimes applying for a building permit requires a one-page form, and the permit can be issued the same day. Other applications require a great deal of information, multiple sets of documents, and review by several different parties. We revised our application forms and checklists in 2019 to provide detailed information about what is required for different types of construction work.
Please call our staff early on if you have any questions about the applications, checklists, or other documents we may need. Our goal is to make the process smooth and efficient, and to get your hammers swinging as soon as possible.
Before preparing your plans, be sure to check with the Engineering Department to see if you are in a flood zone. This requirement applies to all applications for exterior modifications.
Construction work must start within 180 days of the issuance of the permit. If work has not been started and no inspections have been called for in this period, the permit will expire. The permit may be renewed for 1/2 the original permit fee if no change in the plans are made, but the renewal process may only be used up to 1 year after issuance. Beyond that time a new application and full fee will be required.
The Building Official may extend an unexpired permit once for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the permittee showing reason(s) for not commencing the construction.