Exemptions from Permit

The following exemptions are for the building permit only--all Fire Regulations, Natural Resource Regulations, Zoning and set back requirements apply and must be met for the project.

Per IRC 105.2, exemptions include:
  • 1-story detached, nonoccupied accessory structures without basements, used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided that:
    • Accessory structures maintain a minimum separation of 10 feet between exterior walls, and a minimum separation of 6 feet between eaves of adjacent buildings on the same property
    • Accessory structure meet all applicable setback requirements
    • Floor area does not exceed 200 square feet measured outside wall to outside wall
    • Maximum eave overhang is 18 inches
  • Above ground prefabricated swimming pools:
    • Accessory to Group R (residences)
    • Less than 24 inches tall
    • Less than 5,000 gallons
  • Detached decks, sidewalks, and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below
  • Fences not over 7 feet high
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
  • Retaining walls not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
  • Swings and other playground equipment
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade:
    • Capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons of water
    • Ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall
    • Do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall
    • Do not require additional support