What types of work do I need a residential building permit for?

You will need a building permit for any of the following:

  1. Any demolition work performed on either a primary or an accessory structure
    1. Depending on the status of the structure, an environmental report may be required to be submitted with the permit application package
  2. Any new construction or relocation of an existing structure
  3. Construction trailers
  4. Converting fuel or energy sources for furnaces and water heaters
    1. An example of this is replacing an electric furnace in favor of a gas furnace
  5. Decks and gazebos
  6. Electrical upgrades and new electrical installations
  7. In-ground and above-ground swimming pools
  8. New wood burning stove and fireplace installations in existing homes or buildings
  9. Remodeling that involves changes in the structural integrity of the home
    1. Examples of this are adding walls to an existing home or making structural changes to exterior load-bearing walls
  10. Room additions
    1. Covered patios and screened porches are included in this category
  11. Spas and hot tubs located on the exterior of the home
  12. Storage buildings, mini-barns, and detached garages over 200 square feet in area

Other Uses for Permits

Always keep in mind that other considerations including the following may require some type of permit:

  • Covenants
  • Drainage and utility easements
  • Flood zone issues
  • Septic and well issues
  • Zoning restrictions

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1. What types of work do I need a residential building permit for?
2. Who is the commercial/industrial building inspector?
3. Who is the residential building inspector?
4. Who is the residential building inspector?
5. Who is the commercial/industrial building inspector?
6. What types of work do I need a residential building permit for?
7. What is the process for developing a commercial/industrial project in Plainfield?
8. When are permits required?
9. Do I need a permit to build a storage building?
10. Do I need a permit to build a fence?
11. Do I need a permit to re-roof my house?
12. Do I need a permit to build a pool in my yard?
13. Who should purchase and apply for the permit?