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Posted on: November 3, 2017

FAQs Regarding City Permits

There has been some information circulating around about when city permits are needed and when they are not.  Below is a list of commonly asked questions to help clarify.

“Do I need a permit to trim my own trees?”  Answer: No.  The only time a permit is needed to trim trees is in you are an arborist working as a contractor in the city.  If so, you must pay $25 annually to register as a contractor in the city.

“Do I need a permit to reroof my house?” No, if you are just replacing shingles or making repairs to roofing materials.  If the decking is to be replaced at the same time, a $24 permit will be needed.

“Do I need a permit to put a fence on my property?”  No as long as the fence is 7 feet tall or less.  Yes, if taller.

“Do I need a permit to unstop a private sewer line, replace a toilet or repair a plumbing leak?”  No.  If you are going to modify plumbing by moving sinks or toilets to another part of the house, you would because that is new plumbing vs repairs.

“Do I need a permit to put a for sale sign in my yard or as a realtor?”  No.  That is specifically exempted in the sign ordinance.  If you are putting in a new business sign or billboard? Yes, you would need one.

“Do I need a permit for a car port, storage building or new driveway?”  Yes.  Permit is only $24.

These are just a few common questions.  We would ask that if you don’t know for sure if what you are doing requires a permit to please call (580) 338-3396 and ask for the Building Services Department.  They will be more than happy to try to help you reach your goals.

One thing to remember is that codes are generally national standards adopted by cities to help protect the health and welfare of the general public and to protect property values.  For each permit that is obtained, $4 of the fee is remitted to the State of Oklahoma and not kept by the city.  Permits are not intended as a revenue source and in no case do they cover costs to operate the programs.  They are intended to protect our community and our citizens.  Please contact us if you have questions.

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