Some projects are simple enough to qualify for express permits.

What Is an Express Permit?

A residential express permit is issued when the scope of work doesn’t change the home’s footprint and doesn’t require demolition of walls.

Can I get an express permit?

Small changes to your home, like replacing a window, can qualify for an express permit. Applying for an express permit will help make sure these changes are done safely.

The following projects qualify for same-day service with the Express permitting process. 

  • Replacing windows (size for size)
  • Replacing exterior doors (size for size)
  • Adding/removing siding
  • Adding/removing brick
  • Adding/removing insulation
  • Repairing a roof to the extent of replacing decking boards
  • Repairing foundation without increasing impervious cover
  • Bathroom remodel (tub/shower conversions) & kitchen remodel
    • Only tub/shower/sink surround drywall can be removed
    • Walls cannot be relocated or removed
    • Plumbing fixtures cannot be relocated or added
  • Interior non-structural exploratory
    • Remove drywall/insulation only for purposes of structural observation or evaluation
    • Smoke detectors and co alarms must be to code
  • Drywall repair only
    • Repair in excess of 64 sq.ft.

No matter what type of project you are doing, all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms must meet code requirements.

How much does an express permit cost?

Fees for an express permit can be found at DSD Fees page.

Your project may require a historic review if your home is more than 45 years old. See historic review fees.

How do I get an express permit?

Use the Residential Intake Request Form to apply for an express permit. If you are the homeowner, make sure you sign the permit application even if the work will be completed by a hired professional.

You will need to pay any outstanding fees when you turn in your completed express permit application.