The Department of Inspections and Permits is responsible for issuing permits to residents and businesses.
See a list of permit categories below that the County provides. Please click on the category name for more information.
Fire Suppression TankFor the installation or modification to all non-water based suppression systems, including but not limited to: wet chemical and dry chemical, and clean agents.
Fire Alarm /Mag LockFor the installation or modification of a fire alarm system. Mag Lock permits are for the installation or modification to egress door access control systems.
Fixed Suppression SystemFor the installation or modification to all non-water based suppression systems, including but not limited to: wet chemical (installed on kitchen hoods), dry chemical (installed in paint booths), and clean agents (installed in electrical rooms).
Non-Residential SprinklerFor the installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system designed to NFPA 13.
Residential SprinklerFor the installation or modification of a fire sprinkler system designed to NFPA 13D.
Smoke Evacuation SystemFor the installation or modification of smoke control or pressurization systems.
Grading PermitA grading permit or Standard Grading Plan is required when a project involves ground disturbance. A grading permit is required if the proposed project fails to meet the limitations (1-12) of a Standard Grading Plan.
Logging PermitLogging operations are limited to tree cutting at or above existing ground, leaving stumps, ground cover, and root mat intact. No stump removal, understory vegetation removal or conversion of woodlands to pasture will be allowed.
Apartment Project Review RequestPermitting for a newly constructed apartment community requires an initial review by a permit coordinator.
Non-Residential Alteration PermitThe alteration and/or renovation of a non residential space that is currently occupied by an existing tenant.
Non-Residential Antenna PermitAlterations to an existing cell tower. An Antenna is a device used for transmitting, receiving, and supporting cellular telecommunications or personal communications service.
Non-Residential Celltower PermitA tower constructed for or an existing structure that has been adapted for the location of transmission antennae or related equipment to be used in the provision of telecommunications services or personal communications services.
Non-Residential Demolition PermitInterior/exterior complete and/or partial demolition of a non residential structure.
Non-Residential Foundation PermitA permit that allows construction of a non-residential foundation up to grade.
Non-Residential New Structure, Addition, Accessory Structure PermitThe complete or partial construction of a non-residential structure.
Non-Residential Retaining Wall PermitA retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil. A permit is required for all retaining walls 24”+ in height. Retaining walls can also be used as a form of landscape decor.
Non-Residential Shell PermitA shell is a base building with minimum fixtures that allows tenants to build out the space to better fit their needs.
Non-Residential Solar PermitInstallation of solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. A solar panel is a collection of solar cells.
Non-Residential Swimming Pool / Spa PermitA swimming pool or spa for public use. Operation and maintenance are provided by a private management company.
Non-Residential Tenant Improvement PermitAn improvement which specifies the authorized occupant, use, and classification of the non residential space.
Non-Residential Whitebox PermitThe improvement of empty non-residential space for future tenant use.
Pier Bulkhead Revetment Work PermitA permit is required for the construction/installation of non residential piers, bulkheads, stone revetment, and beach replenishment.
Sign PermitAny public displayed information that is presented in the form of words, symbols, and/or pictures. It is designed to advertise a business.
Temporary Tent PermitTemporary shelter structure used for special events, fairs, weddings, etc.
Temporary Trailer PermitA structure (trailer) used to accommodate temporary offices during construction.
Residential Permit Types
Mobile Home PermitA mobile home is a prefabricated structure used as a permanent home. They are often permanently or semi-permanently stationed in one place, but can be moved from one site to another.
Plans on FileA licensed contractor can submit construction plans within the current code year for the county to place on file for future use.
Residential Accessory StructureResidential accessory structures such as barn, detached garage, gazebo, pool house, studio/workshop, 2nd floor addition to detached structure, detached porch, detached deck, shed, fence, retaining wall and others.
Residential Antenna PermitPermits are required for ham radio antenna.
Residential Fireplace PermitA permit is required for the installation of a fireplace. This includes the interior or exterior construction and/or alteration of the fireplace and chimney.
Residential Single Family Attached PermitThe new construction or demolition and rebuild of a single family attached. This includes but is not limited to townhouses and condos.
Residential Single Family Dwelling PermitThe construction or demolition and rebuild of a single family dwelling, interior and exterior alterations to an existing single family dwelling and anything attached to the single family dwelling.
Residential Solar PermitInstallation of solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. A solar panel is a collection of solar cells.
Residential Stove Insert PermitThe installation of a stove insert into an existing fireplace.
Residential Waterproofing PermitThe exterior or interior installation of drains, sump pumps and etc., to prevent water from penetrating the basement of a residential structure.
Residential/Commercial Perc TestProperties that are served or proposed to be served by a private onsite sewage disposal system require a perc test application.
Septic Installation PermitA Septic Installation Permit is required for the installation of any onsite sewage disposal system (commercial or residential).
Subdivision PercSubdivision projects served by private water wells and/or onsite sewage disposal systems must submit an application for the subdivision of land to the Health Department.
Electrical PermitAn electrical permit encompasses the electrical work to bring power to the structure such as installing electrical wiring, fixtures, & transformers.
Gas PermitA gas permit is required for adding or relocating gas fixtures, appliances, or piping
Mechanical PermitA mechanical permit is required prior to conducting any mechanical work such as heating,duct work, or cooling. This also includes the installation of a commercial kitchen hood.
Onsite PermitAn onsite permit is required for the installation or relocation of water lines, sewer lines, or fire supply lines to a non residential structure.
Plumbing PermitA plumbing permit is required for adding or relocating fixtures & piping. This can also include the piping for future use.
Propane Storage TankA propane storage tank permit is required for the installation of a residential or non-residential propane storage tank over 125 gallons.
Storage TankA storage tank permit is required for the underground or above ground storage of water, gasoline, diesel, fuel oil or other liquids.
TAP PermitA TAP Permit is required for a single lot connection when a public works agreement has not been executed.
Water/Sewer Connection PermitA water/Sewer Connection permit is required for the final connection of public utilities to a structure, this includes the installation of the water meter.
Land Use Navigator
The Land Use Navigator is a web based application that allows customers to access County permitting services online.
System Help Land Use Navigator 2023 Special Events Calendar
The Permit Center is the County's central location for customers to apply for permits should they be unable to do so online.
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