What is exempt from a permit?
A building permit is not required for the following:
1. One-story detached accessory buildings where the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
2. Rear fences not over seven feet. Front fences not over three feet.
3. Oil derricks.
4. Movable cases, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches.
5. Retaining walls that are not over four feet (1, 219 mm) in height measure from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or IIIA liquids.
6. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
7. Platforms and decks not more than 18 inches above grade.
8. Painting, papering, and similar finish work.
9. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
10. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall of Group R, Division 3, and Group U occupancies when projecting not more than 54 inches.
11. Prefabricated swimming pools not exceeding 5,000 gallons and in which the pool walls are entirely above the adjacent grade.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. When is a permit required?
3. What is exempt from a permit?
4. How do I obtain a building permit?
5. What is the permit process?
6. When are building plans required?
7. How does the plan check process work?
8. How do I get my plans checked or reviewed?
9. Do I need an Engineer or Architect?
10. May I do the work myself?
11. How do I know which materials are approved for construction?
12. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Mechanical Permit
13. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Plumbing Permit?
14. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Electrical Permit?
15. Are there any recycling or waste reduction requirements associated when applying for a building permit?