This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary permits for interior alterations and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.
At a minimum, you will be required to obtain an interior alteration commercial building permit for your tenant work; when dividing an existing space into two or more, a separate permit for each space is required. A mechanical, electrical and plumbing/gas permit may be required depending on your project’s scope of work. A health permit is required for food service tenants, daycare centers, private schools and buildings served by septic or well.
Permit fees vary depending on the scope of your project; use the online fee estimator to help determine your costs. Access the estimator by visiting our website and clicking on "fees."
- The building permit fee is based on the estimated cost of construction.
- 35 percent of the building permit fee is required to be paid at permit application (filing fee).
- While the initial building plan reviews are free, subsequent re-reviews carry additional fees.
- Fixture unit fees must be paid prior to permit issuance.
- Fire Marshal reviews, trade permits and health permits carry separate fees.
Upload the following documents when applying for your building permit: construction cost breakdown (to include materials and labor), Asbestos Inspection Certification (for buildings constructed before 1985), building plans and the Building Plan Review Cover Sheet. A Permit Application Form is required for in-person applications and paper-plan submissions.