Building permits are required for work done to your property. Only the property owner or a licensed contractor can pull a permit for residential work. A licensed contractor should not have a problem obtaining a permit with the required inspections and not request you to get a “home owners permit”.
Be advised, the permit holder is liable for all violations, corrections, and damages incurred from faulty workmanship. Failure to have a permit could result in extra costs and/or tickets for court appearance.
As a property owner, if you choose to pull the permit, instead of the contractor that you hired, please understand that you are the responsible party and the City will hold you liable to make the required improvements to comply with the current building codes.
Permits are required by any owner or authorized agent (contractor) who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure. This includes but is not limited to additions, garages, pole barns, decks, porches, siding, roofing, fences, swimming pools and sheds.
If you need to print a permit application, please visit the document center to locate the proper application based on the work to be completed. Please print, fill out the application completely and return to the Department of Public Works. Normal processing for a residential application is 2-3 days; a commercial application is 7-10 days.