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  • Writer's pictureBret and Amber Tueller

To Permit, or Not to Permit

Spring is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to home improvement

As you consider making changes or upgrades to your home, remember that in most cases, a building permit is required. Before you start that project, givethe Building Division a call to discuss the need for a permit. It’s also a good idea to check in advance with your local Homeowner Association’s architectural control committeeto determine if there are any neighborhood restrictions that apply.

Why get a building permit?

Building permitsare required by law, but they also provide third-party verification that you (or the contractor you hired) met the minimum code requirements for your project. They also provide the homeowner with an inexpensive resource for construction-related questionsand give you access to expertise in all fields, including plumbing, mechanical, electrical, framing,and finish.

What projects require a permit?

Some common projects that require a building permitinclude, but are not limited to:

• Basement Finishes

• Decks and Patios

• Furnaces/Air Conditioners (new or replacement)

• Gazebos or Shade Structure

• Pools and Hot Tubs

• Re-roofing

• Large Structures, Garden Shed, Garage (over 120 sf)

• Interior Remodel

• Any Plumbing Work

• AnyElectrical Work

• NewSiding

• Windows - Replacement or New Installations

• Porches/Patio/Deck Covers

How do I get a building permit?

Building permit application forms, plan review requirements, permit fees, building guidelines, and the Homeowner building class schedule can all be accessed on the Town’s website at www.parkeronline. org/building. The Town’s Building Division has introduced two new programs to assist homeowners, contractors and small business owners with their next building or remodeling project. The new EZ ResidentialPermits Program gives you the opportunity to work directly with their experienced Building Division staff in a one-on-one meeting. A form will be sent via email one week in advance of your meeting so they can gather information about your project.

If you have any questions about your project, please contact the Building Department at 303.841.1970 or visit them online at


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