Building Inspection Department
The Building Inspection Department is responsible for the enforcement of the County’s adopted codes.
The County adopted these building codes on September 15, 2021: These codes went into effect January 1, 2022:
- International Building Code (2018)
- International Residential Code (2018)
- International Plumbing Code (2018)
- International Mechanical Code (2018)
- International Fuel Gas Code (2018)
- International Fire Code (2018)
- International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (2018)
- International Energy Conservation Code (2018)
- National Electrical Code (2020)
- ANSI (National Standard) Accessibility Code (2017)
- NFPA Life Safety Code 101 (2018)
Read more about the International Code Council
Question: When is a building permit required?
Answer: A building permit is required for any new, alteration, addition or repair to a structure.
Permits are not required for:
- Storage buildings 10’ x 20’ or less that do not have plumbing or electrical installed.
- Fences not over 7’ in height
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep, and are not greater than 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground
- Swings and other playground equipment
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route
Question: Can the property owner purchase a building permit for their own residence??
Answer: Yes. An owner of property may construct a single residence once every two (2) years, for their own use, and not for resale, lease or rent. Anyone hired by the homeowner would be considered a prime contractor or a construction manager, and they are not exempt from the license requirements. The attached affidavit (State Homeowner Affidavit) must be signed by the homeowner requesting a permit for their residence.