Work Exempt from a Permit

105.2 Work Exempt from Permit. 2003 International Residential Code and 2003 International Building Code.

Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws, statutes, regulations or ordinances of the jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following work.

Building

  • Fences not over 6 feet high
  • Retaining walls that are not over 3 feet in height measured from finished grade at the bottom of the wall to finished grade at the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  • Sidewalks, driveways and on-grade concrete or masonry patios not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work not involving structural changes or alterations. Remodeling a house is an example of an alteration and requires a permit.
  • Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy as applicable in Section 101.2 which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallon capacity and are installed entirely above ground.
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems
  • Swings and other playground equipment.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Group R-3, as applicable in Section 101.2 and Group U occupancies.
  • Movable cases, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height and not containing any electrical, plumbing or mechanical equipment.
  • Grandstands or bleachers providing seating for fewer than 100 persons.

Electrical

  • Repairs and maintenance: A permit shall not be required for minor electrical work, including replacement of lamps and fuses or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
  • Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of this code shall not apply to electrical equipment used solely for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to equipment and wiring for power supply and for installation of towers and antennas.
  • Temporary testing systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.

Gas

  • Portable heating or cooking appliances with self-contained fuel supply.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
  • Mechanical
  • Portable heating appliances with a self-contained fuel supply.
  • Portable ventilation appliances.
  • Portable cooling units.
  • Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable evaporative coolers.
  • Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds of less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.
  • Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

Plumbing

  • The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided by this code.
  • The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.