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Additions To Single Family Homes:   
  

To obtain a permit to construct an addition on to an existing dwelling, you must submit a permit application, and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan, foundation plan, elevations, and a sectional to the Building Department. Most additions are constructed on the rear of a dwelling since the majority of original homes were built to the front setback line, precluding a front addition. Rear additions must conform to zoning regulations regarding rear and side yard setbacks. Forty feet (40') of clearance is required from the outer edge of an addition to the rear property line, except in the one and two acre zoning districts, which is the area west of Richmond road, between Cedar & Mayfield Roads. The rear yard setbacks in that area will either be sixty (60) or seventy-five (75) feet. Side yard setbacks vary by district and width of the lot. Call for specific information. Side yard setbacks are seldom an issue as long as a proposed addition does not project out beyond the side of an existing dwelling. A variance may be requested from the Board of Zoning appeals for a proposed addition that does not meet the required setbacks. The construction drawings will be evaluated for compliance with the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. The construction drawings may be prepared by the homeowner, contractor or by a design professional. The drawings must be to scale, complete and readable to be considered for a permit. Separate permits are required for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Architectural Review Board approval is usually not required for single-family residential additions unless of unusual magnitude or conditions. Permits are issued to registered contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Additions To Multifamily Buildings:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect an addition on a multi family building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of complete construction drawings, including a site plan showing adjacent property and building locations to the Building Department. Each proposed project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant or designated representative must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material sample etc), which help to describe the finished project. A color board is always appreciated. An Addition must conform to zoning regulations for use, front, rear, and side yard setbacks. Required setbacks vary according to the zoning classification of the site. Front setbacks vary according the street location. It is recommended to call ahead before submitting plans. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings will be reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Additions To Commercial Buildings:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect an addition on a commercial building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan showing adjacent property and buildings to the Building Department. Each proposed project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant or designated representative must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material, pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc which help to describe the finished project. A color board is always appreciated. Additions must conform to zoning regulations regarding use, front, rear and side yard setback requirements. Required setbacks vary according to the zoning classification of the lot. Contact the Building Department for specific requirements relative to your project. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings will be reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Additions To Commercial Accessory Buildings:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect an addition on a commercial accessory building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Generally, each proposed project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant or a designated representative must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples etc), which help to describe the finished project. An addition must conform to zoning regulations, regarding use, front, rear and side yard setbacks. Required setbacks vary according to the zoning classification of the lot. Contact the Building Department for specific requirements on your project. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings will be reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Additions To Residential Accessory Buildings:   
  

To obtain a permit for an addition to an accessory residential building in a Single Family Zoning District, you must submit a building permit application, two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Accessory residential buildings and uses are not usually permitted in any other zoning district. Please review Section 1160.04a(8) Adobe PDF icon. of the City Planning and Zoning Code, which describe the requirements for an accessory residential building in a Two-Acre Single Family Zoning District. Generally, each proposed project must be reviewed and approved by the Architectural Review Board. The applicant or a designated representative must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc) which help to describe the finished project. The construction drawings must comply with the provisions of the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. Separate permits are required for any related mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Addition To Residential Garage:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect an addition on an existing detached garage you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Zoning regulations require a minimum of three feet (3') of clearance to both side and rear lot lines. Zoning regulations also set the maximum size of a garage based on the size of the lot. A five hundred square foot (500 sq ft) garage is allowed on every residential lot. Larger sizes may be permitted up to a maximum of seven hundred seventy five square feet (775 sq ft) based on gross lot area and an applied formula. If a larger size is desired, contact the Building Department to determine the maximum size allowed. See Section 1160.04(a)(1) Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code for additional details. The construction drawings must comply with the provisions of the Residential code of Ohio for One, Two and Three Family Dwelling Codes. Separate permits are required for related electrical or mechanical systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Antenna Towers:   
  

To obtain a permit for an antenna, antenna tower or supporting structure that exceeds twelve feet (12') in height, the applicant must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Please review the detailed requirements contained in Section 1176.06(b) Adobe PDF icon. of the Lyndhurst Planning and Zoning Code. The construction drawings will be reviewed for compliance with the Ohio Building Code.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Building Alterations (Interior Or Exterior):   
  

To obtain a permit for interior or exterior alterations to a building you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Exterior alteration projects may require review and approval of the Architectural Review Board. Additional sets of site and construction drawings will be required if board approval is required. The applicant or a designated representative must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc) which help to describe the finished project. The construction drawings will be reviewed for compliance with the Ohio Building Code if it is a commercial structure or if is residential, then the construction drawings must comply with the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. Separate permits are required for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC system work. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Decks:   
  

To obtain a permit for an open deck, you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. An open deck can ordinarily be installed only on the rear of dwellings because of zoning regulations. Zoning regulations require forty feet (40') of clearance from the outer edge of a new deck to the rear property line. Required side yard setbacks vary according to the zoning district and lot width. A proposed deck that does not project beyond the side walls of an existing dwelling will generally not require a side yard variance. The construction drawings must comply with the provisions of the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Demolition:   
  

To obtain a permit to demolish a structure, you must submit a permit application and a site plan to the Building Department. A written statement must also be submitted as to why the structure is proposed to be demolished. The building to be demolished must be clearly identified. You must also post a cash performance deposit, estimated based on the size and scope of the demolition. The deposit is held by the City to insure that utilities have been properly removed, abandoned, disconnected and or, bulk headed, etc. All debris is to be removed and the site cleaned and graded. The deposit is returned after the successful completion and inspection of the demolition.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Driveways & Aprons:   
  

To obtain a permit for a new or replacement concrete or asphalt driveway, and or apron, or a widening of a drive or apron, fill out an application at or submit a completed application by mail to the Building Department. To obtain a permit to widen an existing driveway or apron, first stake out area to be expanded and call the Building Department for a site approval inspection. You may also submit a scale drawing showing the existing and proposed widening in lieu of staking. After the site has been approved for conformity with current code requirements, upon payment of the required fee, a permit will be issued. Driveway and apron permits are issued to either contractors or to homeowners. Permits are issued to registered contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Concrete or Asphalt Installation or Replacement Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Electrical (New/Repair):   
  

To obtain a permit to install new electrical systems, or to alter/repair existing systems you must submit an application to the Building Department. A permit may not be required for repair work when it is considered minor. Permits are only issued to registered and state licensed contractors. Electrical systems must be installed or repaired in compliance with the most current edition of the National Electrical Code.

Required Document(s):
Electrical Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Factory Built Fireplace Units:   
  

To obtain a permit to install a factory built fireplace unit you must submit a building permit application along with a copy of the manufacturer's product installation guidelines to the Building Department for review. The Building Department will inspect the installation against the guidelines and compliance with the International Fuel Gas Code and or the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two, and Three Family Dwellings. The Building Department will also check the product literature to ensure it is listed with one of the major testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Permits are issued to registered contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Fences:   
  

Please see Fence Permit Application under Required Documents below.

Required Document(s):
Fence Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Garages:   
  

Please see Garage Permit Application under Required Documents below.

Required Document(s):
Garage Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Front Landings:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect or replace a front landing on an existing dwelling, you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. An unenclosed front landing that is not larger than thirty-five square feet (35sq ft) in area may be erected within the front yard setback of most all-residential dwellings. Larger landings, porches, decks, patios, balconies or similar architectural projection are not allowed to extend within the front yard setback as designated on the official zone map of the city, unless a variance has been granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals and the plans approved by the Architectural Board of Review. Please review Section 1160.09 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code, which describes how these regulations permits are issued to property owners (who do their own installation) and to registered contractors.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Furnace & A/C (New / Replace):   
  

To obtain a permit to install a new or replacement residential furnace or air conditioning unit, you must submit an application to the building Department. Permits are issued to property owners (who do their own installation) and to registered and state licensed contractors. Air conditioning condensers may not be placed in the side yard of a dwelling unless there is ten feet (10') of clearance from the unit to the property, or the affected neighbor signs off and approves the location less than the required ten (10') feet.

Required Document(s):
HVAC Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Hot Water Tanks:   
  

To obtain a permit to install a new or replacement hot water heater, you must submit a permit application to the Building Department. Permits are issued to property owners who do their own installation and to registered and state licensed contractors.


  
  
  
  
HVAC (New/Repair):   
  

To obtain a permit to install new HVAC systems, or to alter/repair existing systems, you must submit an application to the Building Department. A permit may not be required for minor repair work. Commercial HVAC Permits are only issued to registered and state licensed contractors. HVAC systems must be installed or repaired in compliance with the Ohio Mechanical Code and or the International fuel Gas Code. For residential information see Furnace & A/C (New / Replace) Adobe PDF icon..

Required Document(s):
HVAC Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Masonry Fireplaces:   
  

To obtain a permit to build a residential masonry fireplace, you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. The construction drawings must comply with the provisions of the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings and or the International Fuel Gas code. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Moving A Building:   
  

To obtain a permit to move a building, the applicant must submit a permit application and a site plan to the Building Department. The Building Department will inspect the building to ensure that it is structurally sound and can be safely moved. The applicant must also provide a cash deposit to cover any damage to trees, wires, sidewalks, poles, etc. The deposit will be returned after the successful completion of the project. The detailed requirements are described in Chapter 1343 Adobe PDF icon. of the Building Code.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
New Dwelling:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a dwelling you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan topographical map to the Building Department. Any proposed dwelling must comply with the established setback requirements as stated in the Planning and Zoning code. The front setback is designated on the official zone map of the city, which may be viewed in the Building department. You may contact the Building Department direct for information on the required front, rear and side yard setbacks for any given lot. Approval by the Architectural Board of Review and or the Planning Commission may be required before a permit can be issued. Zoning requirements applicable to single family dwellings can be found in Chapter 1160 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code. The construction drawings must comply with the provisions of the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. Separate permits are required for the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
New Multifamily Building:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a multi family building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Multifamily building may only be built in zoning districts classified as Multifamily A. or Multifamily B. as defined in Chapter 1164 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning & Zoning Code. Each district has different requirements for the types of buildings which can be built; minimum development area, lot size per dwelling unit, maximum density, yard requirements, etc. Any proposed multifamily project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc) which help to describe the finished project. A color board is always appreciated. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings are reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and mechanical systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
New Commercial Building:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a commercial building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. Commercial buildings can only be built on land-zoned Community Business District as described in Chapter 1168 of the Planning & Zoning Code. Section 1168.06 Adobe PDF icon. describes the minimum development area, lot frontage, maximum floor area, yard and setback requirements, etc. Section 1168.03 Adobe PDF icon. lists the allowed uses, conditional uses, and accessory uses in the Community Business District. Any proposed commercial project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc) which help to describe the finished project. A color board is always appreciated. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings are reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and mechanical systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
New Commercial Accessory Building:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a commercial accessory building you must submit a permit application and ten (10) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. A parking garage is the most commonly allowed commercial accessory building. The Planning and Zoning Code Section 1168.03 Adobe PDF icon. and Section 1166.03 Adobe PDF icon. allow accessory commercial buildings in Community Business Districts and in Office Building Districts. Any proposed commercial accessory building project must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board. The applicant must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, material samples, etc) which help to describe the finished project. A color board is always appreciated. The construction drawings must be prepared and sealed by a design professional as required by Ohio law. The drawings are reviewed for compliance with The Ohio Building Code. Separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, HVAC and mechanical systems. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed contractors.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
New or Replacement Detached Garages:   
  

Permits for new or replacement detached garages will be issued to homeowners doing their own work or to registered contractors. Detached garages are permitted to be at least five hundred (500) square feet in area. Garages over five hundred (500) square feet, not to exceed seven hundred seventy five (775) square feet in any case, may be permitted based on a formula utilizing gross lot area. The formula and information on building a detached garage may be found on the form below titled "New Detached Garage Requirements". No more than one garage, attached or detached, is permitted on any one lot.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Parking Lot Construction:   
  

To obtain a permit to construct or add on to a parking lot; you must submit a permit application and site plan showing the existing and proposed new parking area along with existing buildings and setbacks to property line to the Building Department. Please review Chapter 1172 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code. This chapter regulates parking lot requirements including improvement and maintenance standards, determining number of required off street parking spaces and storage of commercial delivery trucks. Permits are issued to registered contractors.


  
  
  
  
Plumbing (New Or Repair):   
  

To obtain a permit to install new plumbing systems, or to alter/repair existing systems you must submit an application to the Building Department. A permit may not be required for repair work when the drain, waste or vent systems are not altered. Permits are only issued to registered and state licensed contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own residential work. Plumbing systems must be installed or repaired in compliance with the Ohio Plumbing Code.

Required Document(s):
Plumbing Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Rain Barrel:   
  

One or more downspout(s) may be diverted into an approved rain barrel provided that overflow from such appurtenance is directed back into the downspout. Rain barrels shall be covered at all times and shall not cause a public or private nuisance. Rain barrels shall not be installed in the front or side yard setbacks, but are to be located only on rear yard downspouts, excepting that, rain barrels may be placed in a side yard setback, if it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Building Commissioner, that due to the configuration of the structure, the rain barrel would not be visible from the public right of way or cause a public or private nuisance. Rain barrels are to be positioned adjacent to the rear of the dwelling structure so as to not be visible from the public right of way. Only one rain barrel may be installed at each rear yard downspout. A rain barrel is to be composed of HDPE Plastic, minimum size of 40 gallons, maximum size of 55 gallons, with a secure top. Rain barrel installations require the review and approval of the Building Commissioner or his/her authorized representative.

Required Document(s):
Rain Barrel Application for Permit Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Porch / Three Season Room (Rear):   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a porch or three season room on the rear of an existing dwelling you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan, to the Building Department. Any rear addition must conform to zoning regulations regarding rear and side yard setbacks. Forty feet (40') of clearance is required from the outer edge of an addition to the rear property line in the 10,000 square foot zoning district. In the One and Two Acre districts, the rear yard is sixty (60') and seventy-five (75') feet respectively. Side yard setbacks vary by the zoning district and lot width. Side yard setbacks are seldom an issue as long as a proposed addition does not project beyond the existing sidewalls of an existing dwelling. A variance request to the Board of Zoning appeals can be made for proposed rear porch or three-season rooms that do not comply with current zoning regulations. The construction drawings are evaluated for compliance with the Ohio Residential Code for One, Two and Three Family Dwellings. The construction drawings can be prepared by the homeowner, contractor or by a design professional. The drawings must to scale, complete and readable to obtain a permit.

Required Document(s):
Building Permit - Required Inspections Adobe PDF icon.
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Remodeling:   
  

See Building Alterations (Interior Or Exterior) Adobe PDF icon..


  
  
  
  
Retaining Wall:   
  

To obtain a permit for a retaining wall, you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of construction drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. The drawings must accurately describe the construction method and materials to be used. Approval by the city Engineer may be required. Permits are issued to registered contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work. Drawings prepared and sealed by an Engineer may be required depending on the scope of the project.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Sewer Work (New Or Repair):   
  

To obtain a permit to install new sewer systems, or to alter/repair existing systems, you must submit an application to the Building Department. A permit may not be required for repair work when the work is minor. Permits are issued to registered contractors, and to homeowners who are doing their own residential work. Sewer work, new or repair within a building or structure, when done by a contractor, he/she must be a state licensed contractor. Sewer systems must be installed or repaired in compliance with the Ohio Plumbing Code.


  
  
  
  
Siding (Vinyl Or Aluminum):   
  

To obtain a permit to install replacement aluminum, vinyl, or other approved siding; you must submit a permit application to the Building Department. Permits are issued to property owners (who do their own installation) and to registered contractors.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Satellite Dish:   
  

To obtain a permit to erect a satellite dish antenna you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. (Satellite dish antennas one (1) meter in diameter or smaller are exempt from zoning regulations and do not require a permit.) The site plan must show the exact location of the proposed dish, the location of all buildings on the lot and the distance from the dish to abutting residences. Section 1176.06 (C) Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code regulates satellite earth stations. Permits are issued to registered contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Signs:   
  

To obtain a permit for a sign you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of color drawings to the Building Department. If a permitted ground sign, a site location plan is also required. Chapter 1170 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code regulates signs. The sign regulations cover all types of signs including real estate, political, portable signs, banners, wall signs, ground signs, and business identification signs, etc. Some sign installations do not require a permit (real estate and political are examples). Permits for business identification signs and ground signs are the most common types processed through the Building Department. The procedures for these signs are outlined below. To obtain a permit to erect business identification or ground sign you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of color drawings as described above. The size of a business identification sign is based on one and one half square feet of signage for every lineal foot of frontage width of the store, building or business suite. There is a maximum of one hundred twenty (120) square foot per building identification sign. Each proposed sign must not use more than four (4) colors including black and white, must be compatible with other signs (style and color) on the same building or strip, the maximum number of syllables or items of information is limited to twelve (12), phone numbers may not be displayed, and graphics are limited to trademarks. The complete design standards are contained in Section 1170.05 Adobe PDF icon. of the Planning and Zoning Code. Generally any proposed business identification or ground sign must be reviewed and approved by the Architectural Review Board before a permit can be issued. The applicant must attend these proceedings. It is helpful to bring any supporting material (pictures, color renderings, etc). Permits are issued to registered contractors and to building owners who are doing their own work. Signs that have electrical power run to them must have the work performed by a state licensed contractor.

Required Document(s):
Sign Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Storage Building Shed:   
  

To obtain a permit to install a storage building or shed you must submit a permit application to the Building Department. Permits can be issued to property owners (who do their own installation) and to registered contractors. The complete rules detailing maximum shed size and installation guidelines are contained on the storage shed application.

Required Document(s):
Storage Shed Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


  
  
  
  
Swimming Pool:   
  

To obtain a permit to install a swimming pool you must submit a permit application and two (2) sets of drawings, including a site plan to the Building Department. The site plan must show the exact location of the proposed pool, the location of all buildings on the lot and the distance from the pool to abutting residences. Chapter 1363 Adobe PDF icon. of the Building Code regulates pools both public and private. Private swimming pools are most common. The general regulations for these pools include that a pool location must be at least ten feet (10') from all property lines and at least twenty five feet (25') from any neighboring dwelling, the pool must be enclosed by a minimum four (4') foot high approved fence with a lockable gate. An above ground pool may be permitted to have a fence on top with a retractable ladder that can be locked in the up position that will provide the same or greater degree of protection as a four (4') foot fence. The electrical portion of the installation must meet the National Electrical Code. Permits are issued to registered and state licensed electrical contractors and to homeowners who are doing their own work.

Required Document(s):
Plan Examination Building Permit Application Adobe PDF icon.


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