Sec. 8-197 – Building Permits

Sec. 8-197. - Permits required.

No building construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs; no swimming pool construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs; no electrical construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs; no mechanical construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs; and no gas construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs, unless it is metered gas, shall be installed within or on any building, structure or premises without first securing a permit therefor from the building official or his assistants authorized to issue such permits. Applications for permits shall be made on forms provided for this purpose by the building official.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-81; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-198. - Annual permits.


Annual permits may be issued to firms employing a full-time engineering department and professionally supervised maintenance force. An annual permit shall entitle the firm to undertake repair and construction projects on its own buildings relating to operation and maintenance and to process related construction, alteration or modification without securing permits required in section 8-197. The firm shall be required to submit an annual report of any projects completed to the building official with an affidavit from the plant engineer or underwriter or approved inspection agency that all work has been done in accordance with the standard building code. The firm to which an annual permit is issued shall be entitled to such reasonable inspections as may be requested by the officer of said company. Annual permits shall expire on December 31 of the year in which they were issued.


An annual permit may be issued to property managers for performance of normal maintenance on rental property provided that no single repair job exceeds the sum of $500.00; provided further, however, that should any electrical or plumbing repairs be made by the manager a regular permit must be obtained inasmuch as such electrical and plumbing repairs shall not be covered by the blanket permit. Annual permits shall expire on December 31 of the year in which they were issued.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-82; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-199. - Limitation.

An unprocessed application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned six months after the date of filing.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-83; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-200. - Examination of drawings.

The building official shall examine or cause to be examined each application for permit and the drawings and computations filed therewith and shall ascertain by such examinations whether the construction or alteration indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and all other pertinent laws or ordinances.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-84; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-201. - Action on application.


No owner, firm, corporation, authorized agent, or contractor shall construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit for the work.


If the work described in an application for permit and the drawings filed therewith conform to the requirements of this chapter and other pertinent laws and ordinances, the building official shall issue a permit therefor to the applicant.


If the application for a permit and the drawings filed therewith describe work which does not conform to the requirements of this chapter, or other pertinent laws or ordinances, the building official shall not issue a permit, but shall return the drawings to the applicant with his refusal to issue the permit. This refusal shall, when requested, be in writing and shall contain the reasons therefor.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-85; Ord. of 7-14-1975; Ord. of 11-8-1994)

Sec. 8-202. - Conditions of the permit.

The building official shall act upon an application for a permit with plans as filed, or as amended, without unreasonable or unnecessary delay, but no later than seven days after application is filed. A permit issued shall be construed to be a license to proceed with the work and shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel, alter, or set aside any of the provisions of this chapter, nor shall the issuance of a permit prevent the building official thereafter requiring a correction of errors in plans or in construction, or of violations of this chapter. Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by the permit is commenced within six months after its issuance, or if the work authorized by the permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time the work is commenced; provided that, for cause, one or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 90 days each, may be allowed in writing by the building official.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-86; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-203. - Failure to obtain a permit.


If any person commences any work on a building or structure before obtaining the necessary permit from the building official, he shall be subject to the penalty described in section 8-2.


Where construction is commenced before a permit is obtained, the permit fees shall be doubled.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-87; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-204. - Table of construction values; grounds for refusal of permits.

The building official is authorized to establish a table of values, which shall reflect the average cost of construction, and in the event that an application for a building permit reflects a figure which appears to be underestimated on the application, the permit shall be denied, unless the applicant can show detailed estimated cost to meet the approval of the building official. Permit valuations shall include total cost, such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical and other systems.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-88; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-205. - Permit to be kept at site; inspection.

The permit when issued shall be kept at the building or place where the construction, erection, improvements or alteration is being done and on demand shall be produced by the person in charge of the work for inspection by any police officer, the inspector, or any member of the city council or city administrator, and it shall be unlawful to continue the work after such demand unless and until the permit is produced for the inspection.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-89; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-206. - Construction, installation or maintenance by homeowner.

Nothing in this chapter shall prevent any homeowner from constructing, installing or repairing within his own property boundaries, providing the work is done by himself and is used exclusively by him or his family. This privilege does not convey the right to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, nor is it to be construed as exempting any property owner from obtaining a permit and paying the required fees therefor.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-91; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-207. - Notice to inspector that work is ready for inspection.

When the building, swimming pool, electrical, mechanical, gas or other work in any building or structure for which a permit has been obtained is ready for inspection, notice shall be provided to the inspector stating the location of work, the name of the owner and the name of the contractor.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-92; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-208. - Notice for final inspection; certificate of inspection.

After the entire completion of the work, a notice, the same as in section 8-207, shall be given to the inspector for the final inspection, and if he finds the work has been satisfactorily done, he shall issue a certificate of inspection. This certificate does not relieve the contractor of his responsibility for any defective work which may have escaped the notice of the inspector.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-93; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-209. - Permit not required.

The building official shall not require permits for:


The replacement of lamps;


The connection of portable devices to suitable receptacles which have been permanently installed;


The installation, alteration or repair of wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for the operation of signals or the transmission of intelligence where such wiring, devices, appliances or equipment operate at a voltage not exceeding 50 volts between conductors and do not include generating or transmitting equipment capable of supplying more than 100 watts; or


Public service corporations for the installation of equipment necessary in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-94; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-210. - Requirement of licenses; work by owner; public utilities; equipment with automatic controls.


This article shall not require a license for performance of any kind of electrical wiring installation upon any property:


By the owner thereof, or by employees of the owner, or members of the family of the owner;


By or for public utility corporations subject to regulation by the duly constituted authorities of the public service commission, and where such property is required as a part of the plant of the corporation and is so utilized in rendering its service to the public; or


By or for mechanical contractors installing equipment with automatic controls and requiring interwiring. Permits shall be secured, however, and all such work shall be inspected as provided within this chapter.


The phrase "by employees of the owner," as used in this section, shall not be construed to include any contractor employed by the owner; nor shall the wording in this section be interpreted so as to abrogate or in any way modify the permit, inspection, or any other sections and provisions of this chapter; nor shall the relief from licensing provided by this section apply to a builder, developer, or contractor engaged in the construction of buildings for resale.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-95; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-211. - Certificate of approval; notice to utility.


After each required inspection, a notice shall be given to the permit holder as to approval or disapproval, with a listing of required corrections if any are required. Electrical wiring shall not be covered or concealed until after the work has been approved; inspection must be made by the inspector within 24 hours of request for inspection by the contractor, unless the request should come after 10:00 a.m. on a Friday or the day before a holiday. If the notice indicated that corrections are needed, the corrections shall be made forthwith and the inspector notified and inspection requested.


Upon final inspection of the electrical wiring and in compliance with the electrical code of the city, a certificate of approval, if required, will be issued immediately to the permit holder; also a permanent release, if required, shall be issued to the utility notifying them of the approval. It shall be unlawful for any person to connect or reconnect any installation until a certificate of approval authorizing the connection has been issued.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-96; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Sec. 8-212. - Fees.

Any person making application for a permit for the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repairs of buildings, appurtenant structures, swimming pools, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas or for any other work for which a permit is required shall pay to the city a fee in such amount as fixed from time to time by the council.

(Code 1983, § 5-1-97; Ord. of 7-14-1975)

Secs. 8-213—8-234. - Reserved.

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