Home Repairs & Permit Information

Need help getting your home repairs completed? Check out our Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Helpful tips

  1. Use licensed contractors
  2. Check references and reviews
  3. Get bids in writing
  4. Know which repairs require permits

Repairs that require permits

Repairs inside the wall, ceiling, and floor or foundation that access:

  • Electrical
  • Fences
  • Plumbing & Gas
  • Structural Components
  • Water heater replacements

When repairs or replacements are required in emergencies, submit the permit application the next working business day.

To find out more information about which projects require permits and how to obtain them, use the Development Navigation Assistant (DNA) Portal, or if you are ready to get started, apply through the Citizen Self-Service portal.

Work that does not require permits

Finish Work

  • Painting
  • Papering
  • Tiling
  • Carpeting / Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Similar finish work

Electrical Work

  • Cord and plug devices plugged into existing receptacle outlets
  • Replacing plugs, switches and breakers with no changes to wiring
  • Replacing light fixtures
  • Minor repairs and maintenance, such as replacing a bulb


  • Replacing non-permanent components, such as kitchen appliances

Mechanical (heating / cooling / ventilation)

  • Minor repairs, including the routine replacement of filters


  • Repairing minor leaks, as long as the removal, replacement, or relocation of piping is not required
  • Unclogging drains and sewers
  • Replacing toilets, faucets, and other fixtures in the same location without altering the pipes

Ready to get started? Head over to the Development Portal or apply directly through the Citizen Self-Service portal.