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When is a Permit NOT Required?

  • Work exempt from permit includes the following:
    • One story detached accessory structures used as a tool or storage shed, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
    • Fences not over seven (7) feet high (A front-yard fence permit is required from the Planning Division for fences located in the front yard)
    • Oil derricks
    • Retaining walls that are not over 4-feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge of impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.
    • Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
    • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30-inches above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
    • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
    • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
    • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground.
    • Shade cloth structures constructed for a nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
    • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a detached one-and two-family dwellings.
    • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Groups R-3 and U occupancies.
    • Non fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 fee 9 inches in height.
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