When do need to obtain a Building Permit from the Building Division?
Nonresidential; All commercial improvements or repairs of any kind on private property, including work at a triplex or apartment site, in Vacaville require a building permit but may be exempted by the Building Official on a case by case basis.
Residential; If you are a home owner or a property owner of a single family dwelling unit or duplex the following list of items do not require a building permit for your residence or property, but the work is required to meet the California Building Standards and zoning codes:
◾solid wood fence (masonry walls are not exempt) up to 7 feet high but always check with Planning for location and height requirements, 707-449-5140.
◾minor, like for like, electrical and plumbing repairs that do not extend existing wiring or piping. This includes emergency electrical, sewer or water line repairs.
◾Landscape improvements including the installation of irrigation system pipes and valves.
◾painting, wall papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, dry wall repair 32 square feet or less and similar finish work in a individual dwelling unit.
◾Swings and other playground equipment.
◾Decks not attached to the dwelling exceeding 200 square feet not exceeding 30 inches above the adjacent ground surface.
◾Prefabricated Swimming pools less than 24 inches deep.
◾one-story detached building used for storage or a children’s playhouse with a floor area up to 120 square feet and without electricity, plumbing, or heating.
◾retaining wall up to 4 feet high measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall and not supporting a surcharge (sloping ground, foundation, fence, etc.) or hazardous liquids.
◾free standing prefabricated component, site assembled, or site built pavilions, pergolas and gazebos that do not have exterior walls ( i.e. opening and walls constructed and weatherized to keep out wind and moisture from the interior of the structure) regardless of their floor area size, do not require a permit.
◾Patio slabs and similar concrete work that does not cover a weep screed, block lot drainage, or exceed zoning lot coverage. Check with Planning, 707-449-5140, regarding lot coverage requirements.
◾Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches away from the support wall and do not require addition support.
◾Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity of the tanks do not exceed 5000 gallons including rain water storage systems.
Always check with Planning 707-449-5140 for lot coverage, setback, location and height requirements for all decks, sheds, and fences prior to performing any improvement.