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Below is a list of projects for which a permit is not required. If your project does not appear on this list please call the Bureau of Inspections to see if you need a permit. Call 657-8121


  •  Installation, repair or replacement of any interior finishes of less than 25% of the wall area in any given room. Including plastering and drywall.
  •  Wallpapering and vinyl wall coverings. (Paneling does require a permit)
  • Installation and replacement of any window or door including garage doors in the same opening without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening.
  •  The repair of any non-structural member such as a partition railing or kitchen Cabinet.
  • Repair or replacement of any trim, decoration or molding.
  •  Exterior and interior Painting
  • The replacement of any flooring material including carpeting in single family homes.
  •  The repair of roofing not exceeding 25% of the total roof area within any 12 month period.
  •  The repair or replacement of a porch or stoop, which does not support a roof above.
  •  The replacement or installation of screens.
  •  Replacement of exterior gutters and leaders.



  • Replacement of hose bib valves, however they must be replaced with an approved vacuum breaker.
  • Refinishing of existing fixtures.
  • Replacement of ballcocks, however they must be an approved anti-siphon type.
  • Repair of leaks involving the replacement of piping between 2 adjacent joints only.
  • Clearance of stoppages.
  • Replacement of faucets or working parts of faucets.
  • Replacement of valves, (Shower and combination Bath/Shower valves replacements do require permits).
  • Replacement of traps in single-family residences.
  • Replacement of domestic clothes washers and dishwashers.
  • Replacements of a water closet, lavatory or kitchen sink with a similar fixture providing no piping changes are needed.



  • Replacement of any receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less.
  • Replacement of receptacles where a ground fault receptacle is required shall be done with a permit.
  • Repairs to doorbells, communication systems and motor operated devices.
  • Communication wiring in single-family residences.
  • Replacement of domestic dishwashers.
  • Replacement of range hoods in single-family dwellings.


  • Replacement of smoke detectors, heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Installation of battery powered smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


  • Replacement of motors, pumps and fans of the same capacity.
  • Repair and replacement of ductwork.
  • Repair of air conditioning equipment.
  • Replacement of control devices for heating and air conditioning.
  • Replacement of appliances in single-family dwellings provided there is no change in fuel type or location.
  • Repair of heating, supply and return piping, which do not require rearrangement of the piping.

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