What is an ordinary repair?

The State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect:

  • Egress
  • Electrical
  • Energy conservation provisions
  • Fire protection systems
  • Fire ratings
  • Gas
  • Plumbing
  • Sanitary
  • Structure
  • 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.

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. What is an ordinary repair?
3. What is the penalty for working without a permit?
4. How do I apply for a building permit?
5. Is any other information required to be submitted with the application?
6. Can I begin work once I submit my application?
7. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
8. Will I be informed when the permit is issued, or do I have to keep calling to find out the status?