The building code allows work to be done without obtaining a permit. While a permit is not required, the work must be in compliance with the code. The following information pertains to single-family dwellings only. It does not pertain to apartments or condominiums, which are commercial projects.
Some examples of work that does not require a permit are ordinary repairs and improvements, including, but not limited to:
Painting the inside or outside of the house or detached structures
Repairing drywall, plaster, siding, re-roofing/shingles, etc.
Installing new floor coverings, such as vinyl, carpet, or hardwood
Installing or refurbishing cabinetry
Repairing or replacing porch flooring or deck flooring. *Note: A permit is required to repair or replace the structural elements or include posts and guard systems
Repairing or replacing handrails on a porch or deck
Installing or replacing doors and windows, including storm windows, where no structural change is performed
Installing or replacing gutters and downspouts
Installing driveways or sidewalks
Constructing or installing a storage shed, playhouse, etc., 256 square feet or less in area
Adding a fence (which is not part of a swimming pool enclosure) - refer to subdivision covenants, if applicable
Building recreational equipment, such as swings, skateboard ramps, jungle gyms, etc.
Installing any wiring or equipment which operates at less than 50 volts
Installing a security alarm system
Replacing an electrical water heater with a new electric water heater
Replacing electrical fixtures, such as switches and receptacles
Replacing a ceiling fan to a pre-wired switch, that has a ceiling fan rated and supported box
Replacing plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, faucets, etc.
Retaining walls that retain less than 36 inches of fill/earth or walks less than 3 feet tall for landscaping purposes only
Replacing electrical cook top stoves, ranges, and dryers