When is a permit not required?

Approvals shall not be required for the following. Exemption from the requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant
authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances
of this jurisdiction;

  • House alarm systems, burglar systems
  • One-story detached accessory structures provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 square meters) 
  • Fences 6 feet high and under
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1
  • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessories to a one-, two- or three-family dwelling
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that does not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and does not require additional support

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?