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Misc/General Trade Permits
Exemptions from a Permit
Most installation, repairs, alterations, or modification of equipment will require a permit.
Exemption from the permit requirement of the codes does not grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the code or county ordinances.
We have listed some of the exemptions from the codes, but if you are in doubt please contact Building Services with your question anytime.
Obtaining an Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing Permit
Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, LP Tanks, Solar Panels and Re-roof
General Trades Plan Requirements and Guidelines
NOTE: PLEASE USE A SCALE COMMON TO INDUSTRY PRACTICE (1/4 PER FOOT DESIRED). Construction documents shall be dimensioned and drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted when approved by the Building Official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
ALL CONSTRUCTION SHALL COMPLY WITH CURRENT CODES AND ORDINANCES
BUILDING SERVICES CANNOT ACCEPT AN APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT UNLESS THE MINIMUM CRITERIA LISTED BELOW ARE MET.
SUBMIT TWO COMPLETE SETS OF PLANS THAT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
All submittals include:
New Roof Frame or Re-roof project:
New Electrical project:
New Mechanical project:
New Plumbing project:
Plans may be simple in nature but should clearly describe the full scope of proposed work.
CHECK OUR PLAN REVIEW GUIDELINES FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE PLAN CHECK PROCESS. The guideline, while not all-inclusive, is intended to help you prepare residential plans that are essentially "complete".
Misc/General Trade Fees
Multiple checks may be required at time of permit issuance depending on the type of permit: one for the Permit, one for the School Fee, one for the Air Quality fee, and one for DOT Encroachment Permits. Each check is made to the respective agency. The Development Services Department DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY CREDIT CARD PURCHASES at this time. Personal or bank draft checks accepted as well as US currency.
The minimum fee for any Building Services permit is $100.00. Other agency fees may apply.
Calculate Building Services Fee To open a worksheet that will help calculate estimated permit fees click on the following link:
How Long do I have?
The Application The permit application is valid for 365 days. You should keep track of the date to avoid problems as the expiration date approaches. Once expired, the permit application is not renewable; you simply start over. Extension of the application may only be granted if a delay is caused by a governmental agency and only for the amount of time the application was delayed by that agency. There may be fee building service credits for an reapplication if within 6 months and the first permit application was ready to issue. All plans and documents will be destroyed within 180 days from submittal date if not picked up from Development Services. The Plan Review We review plans in the order received. As a result, our turnaround time will vary. At the time of submittal, we ask you to review a checklist of required information and sign that all documentation is present. Having all of the necessary information at the time of plan review is a must for us and ensures that your application will experience no unnecessary delay in being reviewed. If the application is incomplete in any way, you will be notified by mail and your place in line forfeited. When we receive all of the required information, you will once again be included in the plan review order, but the operative date will be the date of the new submittal. The Permit The permit is valid for two years from the issuance date (three years in the Tahoe Basin). If you find you cannot finish your project within the prescribed time, you may renew your permit two times only for a period of one year each if construction has proceeded in a timely manner showing progress with approved inspections. There will be a renewal fee based on the percentage of progress that has occurred. If four years are not sufficient for construction, the permit may be reactivated with a new permit number and review of the projects progress.