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May I start work before my permit is issued?
No. Work on a project may not legally begin before a permit is obtained and on the work site. Any person who commences any work on a building or structure or grading or on any gas, electrical, mechanical, fire protection or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to a stop work order and a special investigation fee in an amount equal to twice the permit fee. The special investigation fee shall be in addition to the required permit fees.

Where equipment replacements and equipment repairs must be performed in an emergency situation (i.e. furnace, water heater, water lines), the permit application shall be submitted to the city within the next working business day in order to avoid penalties.

Permit Center

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1. When do I need a permit?
2. How long will it take to get a permit?
3. When is it OK to do work without a permit?
4. If I am only adding is an interior non-bearing wall, do I need a permit?
5. Are permit fees refundable?
6. Do I need an appointment to apply for a permit?
7. May I start work before my permit is issued?
8. Do I need a permit to build a deck?
9. Is a permit required for a detached storage/play shed?
10. When is a Demolition Permit required?
11. May I pay extra to expedite my permit?
12. May I build my house or addition myself?
13. May I draw my own plans or do I need an architect?
14. When do I need to hire an engineer?
15. Who has to pick up the building permit?
16. May I mail in permits and fees?
17. We are painting the exterior of our house. Is a permit required for this?
18. How long is my permit valid?
19. How do I extend my permit?
20. What do I need to know when hiring a contractor or remodeler?

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