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 affects 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 in the description of work everything that is going to take place under the master permit on the application 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, for example (windows/doors/fountain.) 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 pay the permit fee and submit the proper application to the City.

Trade Permits

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