FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A permit is required for all new construction, including remodeling, additions, alterations, deck construction, re-roofing, irrigation systems, plumbing, gas, heating and cooling and electrical work. You need a permit for all types of commercial projects or demolition to any structures.

For new residential construction, you will need to bring two sets of plans with detail sheets included (hard copy). We also require that you bring a compact computer disk (CD) that contains that same information. You will need either the approval from the Health Department for the septic system or the Sewer Impact Fee Receipt (pink copy). We will also need a plot plan so that the setbacks can be verified. Also required is a plot plan with erosion control shown. There is a $100 Land Disturbing Application fee at time of submittal.

For room additions, we will need two sets of plans with detail sheets included. We will also need a plot plan to verify setback requirements. If you are on the sewer system, you will need to bring the Sewer Impact Fee Receipt (pink copy) if you are adding any plumbing fixtures. If you are on septic tank, we will need the approval of Jefferson County Health Department if you are adding any bedrooms.

If you are adding a deck, we will need two sets of plans.

Fence permits require a plot plan with fence shown on it.

For commercial renovations, we will need two sets of plans, plus the Sewer Impact Receipt for any added plumbing fixtures.

For new commercial buildings, we will need two sets of plans (hard copy) and a compact computer disk (CD) that contains that same information, sewer impact fee receipt, and landscape plans. We will need a site plan with erosion control shown. There is a $400 application fee for the erosion control permit. There is also a plan review fee for new commercial buildings. If you have questions regarding plan review fees, please call our office at 978-0147.

When the floor level is more than 30 inches above finished ground level.

36″ height with an open space of less than 4″ between rails.

You need handrails when there are four or more risers above finished ground level. The height has to be 34″ to 38″ from the leading edge of the step.

The penalty for doing work without a permit is a doubling of the permit fee plus a $100.00 penalty.