When do you need a building permit?
Changes to properties and structures often require a Building Permit under the Codes of the Town of Rush. The following are some guidelines to help you determine if a permit may be required.
A Building Permit is required to:
- Erect, add onto, relocate or make structural changes to a building. This includes: an attached or detached accessory building such as a garage, carport, breezeway, storage shed, porch or patio, or permanently enclosing an existing porch.
- Install, relocate or remove interior partitions or walls.
- Enlarge, decrease or otherwise modify existing doors or windows.
- Install fire escapes, cellar stairs fire-rated enclosures or fire-retarded cellar ceilings in multiple dwellings.
- Repair fire damage.
- Demolish any structure.
- Erect an attached or unattached, open or covered deck.
- Install or replace a masonry chimney or metal flue stack.
- Install a swimming pool, in-ground or above ground.
- Install a permanent outdoor fireplace or barbecue.
- Install a fuel tank, gasoline tank, or other flammable liquid or gaseous tank either above or below grade.
- Install a satellite antenna.
- Install or replace a solid fuel burning device (i.e. wood stoves, etc.).
- Re-roof a dwelling.
A Building Permit is NOT required to:
- Make ordinary repairs which replace existing materials with new materials of like class and kind. For example, replacing porch steps or railings or making a minor roof repair or minor repair to a chimney or foundation wall does not require a permit.
- Install or replace gutters or downspouts.
- Install nonconductive, nonmetal siding.
- Install or replace sidewalk on private property.
- Pave or replace an existing driveway.