General Information

  1. Additions
  2. Building Permit Application
  3. Contractors
  4. Decks
  5. Fences
  6. General Repairs
  7. General Work Requirements
  8. Pools
  9. Sheds
  10. Signs
  11. Solar
  12. Wood Stoves

Setback Requirements

Any addition that adds square footage, including farmer's porches, covered decks, screen rooms and sunrooms, must meet the setback requirements for the area in which the house is located. Each zone of the city has different requirements for lot size, setbacks, frontage and lot width and each of these criteria must be met before a building permit can be issued. If any of these setback are not met, the applicant must seek relief through the Zoning Board of Appeals.

How to Begin

Your first step in this process is to determine what zone your home is located in. You can do this by contacting the Building Inspector's Office and providing them with your address. Once you know what zone you are in, you can review the Zoning Table of Dimensional Regulations (PDF) and see what the setbacks are for your area.

Information Needed to Apply for a Building Permit

If you do not have to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals, you will need the following information in order to apply for a Building Permit:

  • Framing sketch showing how the addition is to be built, including foundation
  • Energy Code, which can be obtained from the store where you are purchasing your building materials
  • Plot Plan showing proposed addition
  • Completed Building Permit application
  • A copy of your state licenses and worker's compensation insurance (if you are the contractor)
  • A completed worker's compensation affidavit form
  • If you are adding bedrooms you will need to go to the Department of Public Works to pay an additional fee to the sewer department. In addition, you will need to bring a complete layout of the existing house.