Building Permit Submission Requirements
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- Must be approved by ARB. – see ARB checklist
- If meets substantial construction definition. – see ARB Substantial Construction checklist. Materials due at least 5 weeks prior to the ARB meeting.
- After ARB approval, 2 printed sets and 1 digital set of construction drawings must be submitted for codes review before a permit can be issued.
- New decks/patios must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- Decks/patios that are being moved or expanded more than 2 feet in any direction must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- City staff may be able to approve patios that are replacements in the exact footprint of the existing patio.
- City staff may be able to approve replacements in the exact footprint as long as the setback requirement and greenspace recommendations are met.
- SUBMIT for replacements: Color photographs of existing deck/patio; site plan/property survey with patio/deck accurately drawn with distance to property line indicated; indication of whether the shape or size is changing; Greenspace calculation for the property; and copy of bid sheet or contract given to the homeowner by the contractor.
- Adding any new mechanical, electric or plumbing elements to a deck/patio causes the project to be considered substantial construction and requires a 5 week ARB notice. - see ARB Substantial Construction checklist.
DEMOLITIONS – INTERIOR
- SUBMIT: Interior plan indicating room(s) for demolition.
DEMOLITIONS – SWIMMING POOLS
- SUBMIT: Photos of existing pool, site plan of existing condition, and site plan of proposed condition.
DEMOLITION - WHOLE HOUSE
- SUBMIT: Application must be submitted at least 45 days before a permit can be issued.
- Boundary pin survey must include must indicate the height of the current house at the highest ridge, the height at the four corners measured from bottom of eave, finished first-floor elevation at the point of entry of the principle building, the top of foundation at the four main corners, and square footage of the principle building; All elevations must be actual sea level elevations.
- Confirmation from sewer, electrical, gas and water utilities that services have been disconnected.
- Photos of all sides of house prior to demolition.
- Tree protection plan.
- Contractor bonds.
- Must obtain land disturbance permit.
- Contractor must install City-provided demolition information sign, site erosion controls, tree protections, and construction fence for City Inspector and Arborist review prior to demolition activity.
- Contractor must provide 48-hour notice to surrounding neighbors, as determined by City staff, of demolition to prepare for potential demolition debris.
DRAINS, BURYING (sump pumps, down spouts)
- SUBMIT: Bid or contract from contractor to property owner, site plan of where down spouts will outlet on lot with distance of outlet to property line indicated, and pop-ups indicated. Outlet must be at least 10 ft. from property line and back of curb. Proposed plan must not change water flow OR add water to neighboring property. City Administrator must approve connecting into City’s under-curb drain system.
- New driveways must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- Driveways that are being moved or expanded more than 2 feet in any direction must be approved by the ARB – see ARB checklist
- City staff may be able to approve driveways that are replacements in the same location, size and shape if the replacement meets Design Guideline recommendation for size and location and the property meets the greenspace recommendation. City staff may be able to approve the addition of decorative treatment such as brick, stone or concrete ribbon if it does not increase the width to over 12’ at property line. – see Driveway Replacement Guidelines
- SUBMIT for Replacements: Bid or contract from contractor to property owner, photos of existing drive, site plan/property survey with dimensions of drive, Greenspace calculation, and contractor bond.
ELECTRICAL (UPGRADES OR BURYING)
- Bid sheet or contract that contractor provided to property owner.
- If burying a line, must include site plan or survey to show where lines will be located.
- City staff may be able to approve fences/walls no more than 6 ft. tall if set back at least 15 ft. from front plane of house. Within 15 ft. of front plane of house, a fence/wall must be 4 ft. tall or less.
- City staff may be able to approve fences pre-approved by the ARB. Fences not on the preapproved style guide require ARB approval.
- See Zoning Ordinance 5-138 C regarding fence/walls on a corner lot.
- ARB can approve up to 7 ft. rear yard fence, anything higher must get variance from BZA.
- Height is determined by measuring distance from finished grade on side facing street/neighboring lot to highest point of fence/wall, excluding posts.
- SUBMIT: Boundary pin survey marked with proposed fence/wall location and height; bid sheet or customer contract indicating fence/wall height, and pre-approved fence style sheet with style marked - Pre-approved Wood / Pre-approved Wrought Iron
- SUBMIT: Site plan with flagpole location and height and bid or contract from contractor to property owner.
FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT PERMIT
- Floodplain Administrator will determine if proposed work is located in the floodplain. In addition to City application, a State and Federal permit application may be applicable.
- SUBMIT: Bid or contractor from contractor to property owner and engineer inspection and/or report.
- City staff may be able to approve generators that meet the following requirements: decibel level less than or equal to 70 DBA at 30 feet; color is dark green or beige; screening on all sides by fences, walls, primary or detached structures, and/or landscaping designed for all-season coverage; unit located within 15 feet of primary building and 10 feet from side and/or rear setbacks.
- ARB must approve generators that do not meet the above requirements. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT: Generator specifications including decibel level (DBA) and color, plan for screening, photos of location and neighbor views, site plan showing generator location with distance to primary structure and side/rear setbacks, and bid or contract from contractor to property owner.
- New copper or non-painted metal must go to the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT: bid or contract from contractor to property owner and photos of existing gutters/downspouts.
HEATING & COOLING (HVAC)
- A/C Units: If moving unit or adding one, must have boundary pin survey with new location marked and all units must be at least 10 ft. from property line. If replacing an existing unit closer than 10 ft. from property line will require ARB approval. All units must be 65 decibels or less at 23 feet from the unit.
- SUBMIT: bid or contract from contractor to property owner; photo of existing units showing location/view from the street; aerial view or site plan showing air conditioner location with distance to primary structure and side/rear setbacks indicated, must indicate if it is replacement of existing or adding new; and provide specification of unit decibels.
- Redecorating (painting, tiling, carpeting, etc.), replacing an appliance, or light fixture does not require a permit.
- SUBMIT: Interior plan to calculate square footage; if removing walls, submit any header construction drawings as required by Inspector; and bid or contract from contractor to property owner.
- SUBMIT: A site plan/property survey showing the location of backflow preventer, indicate rain sensor to prevent sprinklers running during rain event, location of main lines (which cannot be within 3 ft. of curb) and bid or contract from contractor to property owner. - see Irrigation specification sheet
- All new structures, including new homes, detached accessory buildings, and detached garages must have ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- For a new home. – see New Home checklist
PLAY EQUIPMENT– Over eight feet (8’) tall and/or with a foundation
- Must be approved by ARB. – see ARB checklist
- All pools, spas, sport courts and patios with mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing are substantial construction and must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB Substantial Construction checklist
- City staff may be able to approve interior systems that are vented through the roof at the back of the home. Exterior systems must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT for interior system: bid or contract from contractor to property owner and photo of location for vent.
RAISED GARDEN BEDS
- City staff may be able to approve raised garden beds 8' or under, may be placed on but not secured to the ground, must be placed in the rear yard, preferably not visible from the street, must be a minimum of 10 feet from any property line. If it is taller than 8’ it would require a building permit and ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT: bid or contract from contractor to property owner, Boundary pin survey marked with proposed location, length and height.
- City staff can approve pre-approved styles. Any other roof styles require ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT: bid or contract from contractor to property owner that indicates ice and water shield as required by Code and details material.
- All satellite dishes require ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- New shutters require ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- Changes to siding material or style require ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- Solar panel systems require ARB approval. - see ARB checklist. Refer to City Ordinance 5-130 and 5-146 for specifications of allowable system.
- Sport/recreational courts require ARB approval. – see Substantial Construction ARB checklist
- A substantial construction project is any of the following: 1) new principal building, 2) addition of 3,000 sq. ft. or more to existing principal building, 3) addition which results in at least 50% increase of footprint or square footage of the overall structure, and 4) outdoor recreational facility or pool 5) new or existing deck or patio that adds mechanical, electric, or plumbing.
- Substantial construction projects require ARB approval. Information must be submitted to City Hall 5 weeks before ARB meeting date. – see Substantial Construction ARB checklist
- Water features that are attached to the ground and have electrical, mechanical, or plumbing attached to it require ARB approval. – see ARB checklist
- City staff may be able to approve window replacements in the same location, style, and dimensions. For windows with simulated divided light, windows must include spacers between glass.
- Any window changes must be approved by the ARB. – see ARB checklist
- SUBMIT: photos of all sides of house, photos of windows to be replaced marked with corresponding bid sheet showing window detail; and contract from contractor to property owner.