Types Of Permits

There are different types of permits. The size, location, and impacts of a project determine which type of permit is appropriate for a particular project. The type of permit that is applied for determines the information that must be provided to complete a permit application. A brief description of each type of permit follows:

Master Permits

The master permit is the umbrella permit for a project. It should include all structural and/or cosmetic work that will be performed. The master permit should include any electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work if those trades will be a part of the construction. The applicant should reflect on the application the description of work to take place under the master permit, as well as in the drawings that will be submitted for plan review.


A sub-permit is pulled under the master permit for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, or small building work. A sub-permit includes work that is going to be performed by another contractor such as windows, doors, and fountains. Sub-permits can be pulled only after the master permit has been reviewed, approved, and issued to the general contractor.

Stand Alone Permits

Many small projects can be permitted without plans. These “no plan” projects include work like installing a washing machine and adding or replacing a water heater. These permits require no plans for approval and there is no master building permit on file. The applicant must still submit the proper application to the City and pay the permit fee .

Trade Permits

Mechanical, electrical, or plumbing work which is not included in the master permit scope of work requires a separate permit.

Phased Permits

Applications, forms, and checklists for Phase Permits, can be found here.