Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.
Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.
A demolition permit is required when more than half of the exterior walls of a building are to be demolished. This is a separate building permit from the permit required to reconstruct the building. See our Demolition Acknowledgment form for important information on the demolition permitting process. The building permit to remodel the building includes the demolition work when less than half of the exterior walls will be removed. No demolition work is allowed to begin until a building permit is issued for it.
Buildings (other than houses) that are not wood framed must submit a PCB Screening Assessment form to the Watershed and Stormwater Management Division for approval prior to the issuance of a demolition permit.
If you are building a new structure, adding to an existing structure, or conducting repairs or renovations, you must also apply for permits for the entire project. To see a list of common project types linking to further application guidance, see our "Get Started on Your Project" permitting directory.
We offer a building permit to remove the interior non-structural elements of a commercial tenant space. This permit can be issued prior to the issuance of the building permit to build out the space. Typically, no plans are needed for this. However, a waste reduction recycling plan needs to be submitted and approved prior to the issuance of the permit. Please contact our Permit Center for additional information about these requirements.
See the "How to Apply" section below for full details and procedures.
If MORE than half of the exterior walls of a building are to be demolished*, you must submit the following:
* NOTE: Zoning Permits are not required for Soft Demolition
Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. If your application is approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.
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