Permits

Homeowners should apply for a permit only if they are doing the work themselves.If a contractor is doing the work, it is their responsibility to obtain the permit.

Please arrive prepared with all the necessary information and materials.Sign in using a computer kiosk at the main desk so that you will be placed on the list of those seeking this service.

In the Land Use Department, you will go through a screening process.Our staff will ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork and will verify that there are no overdue taxes and fees for the property.Next a planner will verify that the use is consistent with zoning requirements for the site. The construction plans will be examined to verify that you are within the legal setback and that the proposed structure meets all relevant size and height requirements.He/she can help answer any questions you may have about the construction process.

If you are new to the permit process or a do-it-yourselfer, please use the links on the left side of the page to learn more about requirements for your project.

Building Permit Application

While this is the correct application for most building permits, there are special applications for plumbing, HVAC, demolitions, signs, and special uses. Be sure to check with a licensed electrician regarding state requirements for electrical permits.

NEW FAQ ON FLOODPLAIN
Is your property in the floodplain?  Please read our new FAQ regarding requirements and procedures for building in the floodplain:  FAQ Building in the Floodplain 

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General Permit Documents

NEW - There are now separate building application forms for non-residential and multi-residential projects.

  1. Home Improvements

    A Quick Guide to Applying for a Building Permit for your Home Improvement Project

  2. Non-Residential Permits

    Find permits and requirements for licensed contractors.

  3. Other Permits

    Find additional miscellaneous permits.

  4. Residential Permits

    Learn about getting residential permits.

  5. Utility Permits

    Learn more about utility permits.

  6. ePlans

  7. Elevator Compliance & Operation