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Permitting Process

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Permits are required if you plan on building new construction or modifying an existing building’s structure.

Simple home improvement projects such as changing the wallpaper, carpeting or other interior surface treatments do not require a permit. However, a permit is required for projects such as new patios, replacing or adding new windows, siding, or doors.

Depending on the project, you may be required to obtain additional permits from other agencies.

View our FAQs for more information about permits. You may also use the City Municipal Code, City Maps and the SimpliCity Online Portal to research and plan your project. It is recommended to visit or contact our staff early in the planning process to address any questions or concerns about your project.

Process Overview

This is a very general and condensed overview of the permitting process.

1. Submit Application/Plans — Fill out and submit the Building Permit application, any applicable project plans, and application fees.

2. Project Review — Simple projects can be reviewed and approved over-the-counter, usually on the same day. Commercial, Industrial, or complex projects will require a longer review process called a Plan Check, which typically completes within 12 business days. Applications that are incomplete or need corrections will be returned. You may resubmit when all corrections have been made.

3. Permit Approved — Once the review process successfully completes, the permit(s) are issued.

4. Inspection — The inspection(s) required will depend on the type of permit issued. Work completed should only be based on the permit issued.

Types of Permits

Building Permits

Building permits are required for new construction, or adding onto existing structures and major renovations. The Building & Safety Division issues building permits

  • Building/Construction
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • EV Charging Systems
  • Re-Roofing
  • Solar

Planning Permits

Planning permits allow for a particular use or development on a specific piece of land. The Planning Division handles Planning Permits.

  • Home Occupation
  • Plot Plan/Conditional Use Permit
  • Signs and Banners
  • Temporary Use Permit