When is a permit not required?

Cosmetic work, such as minor repair work or redecorating does not require a permit. This includes replacing cabinets, replacing floor covering, painting and decorating, repairing sheetrock (interior walls only), replacing small areas of siding (if you are not also making structural alterations), replacing plumbing fixtures (if you are not altering the plumbing system), and replacing light fixtures and appliances (if you are not altering or replacing wiring). If you are not sure, the Building Division staff will be happy to answer your questions. Also, be sure to check on whether other permits might be required even if a building permit is not, such as a Certificate of Design Compliance for properties located in the historic district or central business district.

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. Why are there building codes and building permits?
3. If I get a permit, can I do the work myself?
4. When do I need a permit?
5. What are the benefits of getting a permit?
6. When is a permit not required?
7. Is there a fee?
8. What will I need to get a permit?