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Permit Information
Emergency Repairs
Where equipment replacement and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official. (2006 IRC Section R105.2.1)

Note: If the emergency happens on a weekend, holiday or after hours, the permit application shall be submitted the next working business day. If the emergency happens during the day and during business hours and the contractor for some reason cannot leave the job site, please contact the building inspection office to start the permit process to avoid a penalty fee being accessed.

What Constitutes as an Emergency?
For the purposes of this section, emergency shall be defined as an unexpected situation requiring prompt action to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and public welfare. This section shall not be construed to allow work to be done without a permit to restore comfort and convenience items, equipment, or systems. Emergency work performed shall not be done contrary to the provisions of the IRC.

2006 IRC Section R105 Permits
R105.1 Required: Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or cause any work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be required for the following: Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
  • Fences not over 6 feet in height. Note: A "Fence on Property Line Affidavit" may be required to be signed by all parties involved and notarized by a Notary Public and submitted to the building inspection department before construction of the proposed fence. No fee will be assessed, and a notary is available at no charge at City Hall.
  • Retaining walls that are not over four feet in height measured from the bottom of footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1
  • Sidewalk, driveways and window replacement. Note: Siding replacement will require a permit to verify that a "house wrap" is properly installed. No fee will be assessed. Windows do require a permit when a change in the size of the window requires alteration of the frame / wall.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpet, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep
  • Swings and other playground equipment
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support

Electrical
Repairs & Maintenance
A permit shall not be required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

Gas 
  • Portable heating, cooking, or clothes drying appliances
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe
  • Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid

Mechanical
  • Portable heating appliances
  • Portable ventilation appliances
  • Portable cooling units
  • Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe
  • Portable evaporative coolers
  • Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of one horsepower or less
  • Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid

Plumbing
  • The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
  • The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures.

R105.2.2. Repairs: Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement, or relocation of any water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent, or similar piping, electric wiring, or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.



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