Do I Need a Building Permit?
The Town of Sahuarita Building Safety Division works to safeguard public health and safety through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To ensure that the minimum safety requirements and standards are met, most construction activities, including alterations, replacements, and repair work require permits and inspections. The following minor installations, repairs, or replacements may be exempt from obtaining building permits. Please note that certain projects may require a Zoning Clearance even if a building permit is not required.
Please contact the Building Safety Division for additional information.
- Building Permit Not Required
- Electrical Permit Not Required
- Plumbing Permit Not Required
- Mechanical Permit Not Required
- Detached accessory structures used as tool or storage sheds, children's playhouses, or similar uses. Structures should not exceed 200 square feet and 8 feet in height from floor to roof; and should not include any plumbing, electrical, or mechanical installations.
- Masonry walls up to 6 feet in height; or wood, vinyl, wrought iron, or similar fences up to 7 feet in height.
- Private concrete pathways, driveways, and decks up to 30 inches above adjacent ground level.
- Application of paint on a roof of a building or structure.
- Application of roofing up to 500 square feet on an existing building or structure within any 12-month period.
- Painting, wall treatments, floor and wall coverings, and similar minor interior decoration.
- Installation, repair, or replacement of tiles on floors, countertops, or walls up to 48 inches in height.
- Plaster/drywall patch or repair up to 90 square feet in totality of the building.
- Installation, repair, or replacement of window awnings that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Installation, repair, or replacement of wall veneer less than 48 inches in height.
- Low voltage installations, such as doorbells, sprinklers, and thermostats.
- Repair or replacement of garbage disposals, trash compactors, bath exhaust fan motors, battery operated smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors; light receptacles, lighting dimmers and fixtures, but not the outlet. Items must be of the same type and rating in the same location.
- The provisions of the foregoing exceptions shall not apply to any repairs or replacements of electrical devices, apparatus, or appliances which were originally installed without a permit when such permit is required for the original installation, or when energized by, or which is a part of any hazardous or illegal wiring system.
- Repair of leaks or basic defects (i.e., value stem, cartridge, angle stop, etc.), provided no new installation of any additional materials are required.
- Repair of a water heater (i.e., thermocouple or igniter) other than its vents, provided that the water heater is connected.
- Replacement of exposed traps serving fixtures, provided approved traps are used and properly installed.
- Replacement of defective or unapproved ball cocks in water tanks, provided anti-syphon ball cocks are used and properly installed.
- Replacement of defective or unapproved faucets serving sinks, lavatories and bathtubs, provided approved type faucets are used and properly installed.
- Repair of an electric water heater, providing the rough plumbing is not altered.
- Any gas piping out more than 6 feet in length between an approved gas outlet and any gas-fired appliance, provided that any such gas-fired appliance is in the same room as the gas outlet.
- Use of any listed and approved portable heating, ventilating, or cooling unit/appliance.