Residential Permitting

Express Permits

Updated August 25, 2021

Some projects are simple enough to qualify for express permits.

What is an express permit?

A residential express permit is issued when the scope of work doesn’t change the home’s footprint and doesn’t require demolition of walls.

Can I get an express permit?

Small changes to your home, like replacing a window, can qualify for an express permit. Applying for an express permit will help make sure these changes are done safely.

You can get an express permit if your project is simple and similar to projects in the list below:

  • adding on or removing siding from the outside of your home
  • adding or removing brick
  • adding or removing insulation
  • replacing windows with windows of the same size
  • replacing exterior doors with doors of the same size
  • removing or repairing more than 32 square feet of drywall
  • removing drywall or insulation to evaluate or observe the home-structure
  • roof repair: just replacing decking boards
  • foundation repair that doesn’t increase impervious cover
  • limitations for bathroom and kitchen remodels
    • converting bathtubs and showers
    • plumbing fixtures cannot be added or relocated
    • walls cannot be relocated or removed
    • only the drywall surrounding the bathtub, shower or sink can be removed

No matter what type of project you are doing, all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms must meet code requirements.

How much does an express permit cost?

Fees for an express permit can be found at DSD Fees page.

Your project may require a historic review if your home is more than 45 years old. See historic review fees.

How do I get an express permit?

Fill out the Residential Express Permit Application to get an express permit. If you are the homeowner, make sure you sign the permit application even if the work will be completed by a hired professional.

You will need to pay any outstanding fees when you turn in your completed express permit application.