When is a permit required?

Permits are required for any new construction, as well as alterations and additions to existing buildings, including structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, manufactured housing, boiler and elevator work. Some examples of when a permit is required are as follows:

  • New buildings including storage buildings, boat houses, greenhouses, screen enclosures, and gazebos
  • Masonry fence walls
  • Re-roofing
  • Swimming pools (in-ground or above-ground), spas, and hot tubs
  • Temporary buildings (construction, etc.)
  • Demolition
  • Room additions
  • Patios and decks
  • Driveways and parking pads
  • Interior alterations and renovations
  • Structural repairs
  • New electrical, plumbing, gas, and air-conditioning systems
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Signs
  • Awnings
  • Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves
  • Fire suppression hood system

This is not a complete list. If you are uncertain whether a building permit is required, please contact the Building Department.

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1. When is a permit required?
2. When is a permit not required?
3. What inspections are required for utilities?
4. Do I need a permit to construct a pool? If so, what are the requirements?
5. Do I need a permit to construct a deck? If so, what are the requirements?
6. Do I need a state license for commercial projects?
7. How do I become a registered contractor in Fayette County? How do I renew my registration?
8. Who answers my floodplain questions?
9. Can I build in a floodplain?
10. Do I need a permit for a barn used for agricultural purposes?
11. What if I disagree with the results of an inspection?
12. How do I determine fees for a permit?
13. Do I have to hire an architect or engineer to design my project?
14. When does my permit expire?
15. When am I required to obtain local zoning approval?
16. What is required to install a manufactured home?