The following types of construction do not require a permit
Building Code Exemptions
- One story detached accessory buildings used as tool or storage sheds, playhouses or similiar uses. The projected floor area cannot exceed 120 square feet.*
- Fences 6’ high or less, masonry walls 6’ high or less.*
- Retaining walls not over 4’ high, when measured from the bottom of footing to the top of the wall or retaining less than 3 feet of earth.
- Platforms, walks and driveways less than 30” above grade and not over any basement or story below.
- Window awnings supported on an exterior wall and not projecting more than 54 inches.
- Check the zoning ordinance for the minimum side or rear yard setbacks (the horizontal distance between a building, structure or wall from the property line), for the distance an awning can project into the required setbacks.
- Painting, floor covering or interior trim work.
- Roofing repair or replacement with the same materials unless roof sheathing is replaced.
- If you are in the Historic District you must contact Historical Review at (520) 791-5550.
*A zoning review is still required for the proposed location and Engineering review to determine floodplain status. (A floodplain permit may be required)
Electrical Code Exemptions
- Portable motors or other portable appliances with factory installed cords.
- The repair or replacement of fixed motors or appliances with the same type and rating in the same location. ie: replacing an old ceiling fan with a new one.
- Temporary decorative lighting that does not require rewiring.
- The reinstallation of a switch or receptacle in the same location.
- The repair or replacement of a circuit breaker or fuse of the same rating and in the same location.
- Electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment that operates at less than 25 volts and that is not capable of supplying more than 50 watts.
Plumbing Code Exemptions
- The stopping of leaks in drain, soil, waste or vent piping. If these should become defective and need replacement, a permit is required.
- Replacement of toilets or sinks.
Mechanical Code Exemptions
- A portable heating appliance
- Portable ventilating equipment
- Portable cooling unit
- A closed system of steam, hot or chilled water within heating or cooling equipment
- Replacement of any component part of assembly of an appliance which does not alter its original approval
- Refrigerating equipment which is part of the equipment for which a permit has been issued