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Residential Projects

Additions & Remodels  
house-remodleAdditions and Remodels A building permit is required for all residential additions and remodels. Start by reviewing and meeting the requirements of the Residential Plan Review Checklist for Additions, Remodels, Basement Finishes and Accessory Structures as well as the Building Permit Application. Please keep in mind that your plans should be drawn to professional standards and to scale.

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Decks, Fences & Retaining Walls 
wood-fenceDecks, Fences and Retaining Walls If you want to build a deck attached to your home, you will need a building permit. Fences don't normally require building permits but they do need to meet certain setback and height restrictions, call (801) 852-6400 and talk to a Zoning Officer for more information. Retaining walls less than four feet in height, including the 30" footing depth, do not require a building permit.

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Demolition 
house-getting-thrashedDemolition Any type of demolition requires a demolition permit. The first step in getting this permit is to contact the Utah Division of Air Quality at (801) 536-4000 for an asbestos report. The report must be received before a permit can be issued by the Community Development Department. A site plan must be submitted for residential demolition. 

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Fire Rebuild/Repair 
burnt-houseFire Rebuild/Repair Replacing or repairing buildings that have been destroyed by a fire always requires a building permit. The Fire Department and Building Division will be involved in determining the extent of repair or replacement. An inspection by the Building Division will determine if power can be restored to the structure, and if an engineer will be needed to design structural fixes. 

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Historic Property Renovation 
Knight-Mangum-HouseHistoric Property Renovation Prior to beginning exterior work on a property listed in the Provo Landmarks Register, fill out and submit an application for a Landmarks Commission Certificate of Appropriateness to the Community Development Department at 330 W 100 S, Provo. If the proposed work requires a hearing before the Landmarks Commission, the application will be placed on the next available Landmarks Commission Agenda.

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Multi-Family Residential Buildings 
big-craneMulti-Family Residential Buildings In order to build a multi-family residential project, you will need to apply for Project Plan Approval. Before beginning that process, several initial questions must be asked in order to determine the extent of your project and which applications are necessary.

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New Construction 
small-framed-homeNew Construction A building permit is required for all new residential structures. To begin, you will want to review and meet the requirements of the Residential Plan Review Checklist as well as the Building Permit Application. Please keep in mind that your plans should be drawn to professional standards and to scale.

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Pools 
nice-poolPools If you want to install a pool, whether indoor or outdoor, you will need to get a building permit. Outdoor pools must be surrounded by a wall or fence with a minimum height of six feet, and must be a minimum of five feet from the side and rear property lines.

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Shed/Accessory Building 
little-shedShed/Accessory Building Accessory buildings fewer than 200 sq. feet do not require a building permit; however, there are setback requirements and height requirements for the zone where the property is located. Most residential zones allow sheds and other accessory buildings to be built three feet inside a property line only if the structure is more than six feet away from the main dwelling, and not more than twelve feet high.

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Subdivisions 
making-pathsSubdivisions If you want to create a new parcel of land for constructing a residence, you will need to go through the subdivision plat approval process. To start the process of subdividing a piece of property, you will need to fill out and meet the requirements of the Preliminary Subdivision Application and Checklist.

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Utility Service Changes 
old-meterUtility Service Changes If you need to make changes to your residential electrical service you will need to get a building permit; however, you will start the process by scheduling a pre-inspection with the Building Division.
A mechanical permit is required if you want to upgrade your gas meter. Start the permit process by filling out the Building Permit Application.

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Water Heater, Furnace, Air Conditioner Installation/Replacement 
air-conditionerWater Heater, Furnace, AC Installation/Replacement Replacing water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning requires a building permit. Start the permit process by filling out the Building Permit Application and submitting it to the Building Division of the Community Development Department at 330 W 100 S, Provo. You can also fax or email your permit worksheet to (801) 852-6417 or btaylor@provo.org.

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