DO I NEED A PERMIT?

Planning & Zoning Department - 931.473.1204

The City of McMinnville requires building, mechanical, and/or plumbing permits  when an owner or authorized agent intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any mechanical or plumbing system, or cause any such work to be done.
 

  • Moving Dirt requires a Stormwater Permit.
  • New Construction (Commercial or Residential) requires a building and/or plumbing permit. A site plan and blueprints or working drawings are required in order to obtain a building permit.
  • Additions (rooms, porches, garages, carports, decks, ramps, stairs, ect.) require a building and/or pluming permit. A site plan and blueprints or working drawings are required in order to obtain a building permit.
  • Detached Accessory Buildings (Garages, carports, storage buildings, playhouses, covered patios etc.) built on site or moved require a building permit. A site plan is required in order to obtain a building permit.
  • Remodeling of Existing Structures requires a building permit when any structural framing is exposed or if changes affect the structural integrity (the framing of roof, ceiling, walls, floor) of the building.
  • Installation of pools 2 feet tall and over (above-ground or in-ground) requires a building permit. A storm water permit may be required if leveling ground.
  • Installation of storm shelters requires a building permit.
  • Demolition of buildings requires a demolition permit.
  • Decks (New or replacement) require a building permit and site plan.
  • Signs and Awnings require a Sign Permit. If in the Historic District, a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Zoning Commission is required.
  • Fences over 6 feet tall require a building permit.
  • Retaining walls: 4 feet or more in height, measured from the bottom of the footing,  or suporting a surcharge require a building permit.
  • Mobile homes and buildings that are moved to lots inside the city limits require building and plumbing permits.
  • Underground water and/or sewer lines (new or replacement) require a plumbing permit.
  • New Plumbing (Commercial or Residential) requires a plumbing permit.
  • Replacing Existing Plumbing with new pipes (supply, waste, or vent) requires a plumbing permit.
  • New Mechanical lines, duct work, or tank installation require a mechanical permit.
  • Replacing Existing Mechanical lines, ducts, tanks require a mechanical permit. 

EMERGENCY  REPAIRS:  Where repairs and replacement must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day. 

REPAIRS: Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety. 

Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction

Building:
  

  • Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high. 
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  • Sidewalks and driveways.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.
  • Swings and other playground equipment. 
  • Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid. 

Gas: 

  • Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid. 
  • Portable heating appliances.
  • Portable ventilation appliances.
  • Portable cooling units.
  • Steam, hot- or chilled-water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable evaporative coolers.
  • Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid. 

Mechanical: 

  • Portable heating appliances.
  • Portable ventilation appliances.
  • Portable cooling units.
  • Steam, hot- or chilled-water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable evaporative coolers.
  • Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid. 

Plumbing: 

  • The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
  • The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.