Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Department Spotlight

Division of Plan Review & Permitting
Do I Need a Permit for That?

As the weather warms it provides the perfect opportunity for you to start those outdoor projects you’ve been planning all winter.   The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure you have the proper permits before you start to build.  Starting a project that requires a permit can lead to being charged double permit fees and investigation fees.

Here are a few quick-hit permitting tips:
·       Storage buildings under 200 square-feet do not require a permit; however, the structure must comply with the minimum building setbacks
·       Under the current stimulus program, residential building permit fees are waived for storage sheds under 400 square-feet if no foundation is required
·       Under the current stimulus program, permit fees are waived for fences exceeding six-feet in height and for non-bearing partitioning walls used to divide an existing space
·       Permits are required for swimming pools that hold more than two-feet of water and/or are equipped with a water circulation system to make sure proper barriers are installed and electrical wiring is done properly

Remember, if you’re not sure a permit is needed for an upcoming project call 240-313-2460.