For what are Building Permits required?

Building permits are required for the following:

  • To demolish, alter, or make major repairs to any existing building structure, or any portion of that structure.
  • To build any new structure/addition. (Plans for new structures or exterior design changes must be approved by the Architectural Board of Review before a permit can be issued.) New roof (only if structural work is involved) coverings, window replacements, new siding (except for small areas of replacement), decks, new steps (or rebuilding steps) all require permits.
  • To do any electrical (other than minor violation corrections), plumbing, heating, air conditioning work.
  • To do any concrete or asphalt work involving replacement or asphalt resurfacing, or any paving work (brick walks, etc.).

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1. What are the hours for obtaining a building permit?
2. I am thinking about installing vinyl/synthetic siding on my home. Is there anything I should know?
3. Why should I be concerned with the historic character of my home?
4. What type of permit is needed to install vinyl siding?
5. What is involved in obtaining a building permit to have vinyl siding installed on my home?
6. If I wanted to cover over a window or a door on my home with vinyl/synthetic siding, what should I do?
7. Are there any steadfast rules when it comes to vinyl/synthetic siding?
8. For what are Building Permits required?
9. What happens if work begins without a building permit?
10. Who should get the building permit - my contractor or me?
11. Should permits be posted?
12. Will my work be inspected when it is finished?