What is an ordinary repair?
Section 201 of the State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance, which does not affect structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical, or other utilities. This has been interpreted to mean that rotted floorboards can be replaced on a deck, but the deck cannot be rebuilt without a permit. Also, damaged roof shingles can be repaired, but the entire roof cannot be re-shingled without a permit. If in doubt as to how much work can be done under ordinary repairs, contact the Inspectional Services Department before the start of work.

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1. When is a building permit required?
2. What is an ordinary repair?
3. What requires a building permit?
4. Can I begin work once I submit my application?
5. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
6. Where can I get a building permit application?