Most projects will require permits of some kind, building permits and/or other development permits. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters. Some minor projects are allowed without obtaining building permits. However, depending upon the project, other permits (development permits, encroachment permits, special activities permits, etc.) may be required. In either case, the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes. Some of the projects which do not require a building permit are:
- Retaining walls or planter boxes which are no more than 4 feet in height (measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall) and do not support another structure, fence, or take on additional loads.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
- Single story residential detached buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, etc., as long as the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet and does not have plumbing or electricity.
Minor Improvements Typically Not Needing a Permit
- Building or installing movable counters, cases or partitions
- Building uncovered concrete patios
- Installing carpeting or resilient floor covering
- Installing draperies or blinds
- Interior or exterior painting