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Residential Alterations and Additions
Remodeling, repairs, alterations, decks, porches, etc. require a residential building permit.
Permits for small projects can be obtained using our SPOT (Small Project One-hour Turnaround) program. Applicants can visit the inspections and Permits office with all required information (residential permit application, plot plan, building plans, contractor information, etc.) and receive a permit in about an hour. Staff members also help correct any problems with plans or paperwork while you wait, saving phone calls and delays. Eligible project include, but are not limited to, decks, porches, storage buildings, additions of less than 500 square feet and conversions of attic or basement space of less than 1,500 square feet. Complex projects may require a more extensive plan review and may not be appropriate for a SPOT review. A plans examiner will advise the applicant if a project is too complex to be reviewed as a SPOT.
SPOT Hours – Weekdays, 8–11 a.m.
See the Done Without a Permit information.
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See Building Permits Online for information about:
- Water Heaters
- Heating and Air
- Electrical service changes
- Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- Installation of electrical fixtures and circuits
- Water and sewer line replacements
- Gas line installations (for gas logs, grills and appliances)
- Generator installations