Do I need a permit to demolish a structure?

Before you demolish a structure you must secure a demolition permit from our Building Inspection Division. The permit is required by section 106.1 of the Uniform Building Code. The permit process accomplishes four things:

  • Ensures that all utility lines to the building have been terminated at a safe location by the utility companies.
  • Ensures that appliances and electrical devices that might contain hazardous materials have been disposed of properly.
  • Ensures there is no friable asbestos in the building, or that friable asbestos has been removed by appropriate means by a contractor licensed for asbestos removal.
  • Removes the demolished building from the State tax roles.

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1. Must plans be stamped?
2. Who may stamp plans?
3. What contractors are required?
4. Can I perform "Sweat Equity"?
5. What is the policy for moved buildings?
6. What is the policy on Manufactured Move-on Homes to be located outside a mobile home park?
7. What signatures are needed on permit applications, and who should take out the permit?
8. If I construct an addition or remodel, will I need to bring my existing building into compliance with current building codes?
9. Is a building permit required to re-roof your home? Either re-shingle, re-tar, or tar and gravel?
10. Is a building permit required to do a roof conversion?
11. What are simple joist, rafter and beam rules?
12. Should I shovel the snow off my roof?
13. Are weekend inspections available?
14. Do I need a permit to demolish a structure?
15. How long does it take to obtain a Demolition Permit?
16. How do I obtain a Demolition Permit?
17. What is a Contractor Verification Form and when do I need one?
18. What is a Landscape Agreement and when do I need one?
19. What is the penalty for building without a permit?