The State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect:
- Energy conservation provisions
- Fire protection systems
- Fire ratings
- Other utilities
This has been interpreted to mean that rotted floor boards can be replaced on a deck, but the deck can not 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 Department of Municipal Inspections before the start of work.