§ 106.3. Work Exempted.  

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  • A building permit shall not be required for the following:


    One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, shade structures, and similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15 m ), the height does not exceed 12 feet (3.69 m), and the maximum roof projection does not exceed 24 inches (610 mm).


    Fences which are not used as a barrier to private swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs, and monument signs, provided that:


    Masonry or concrete fences do not exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) in height and are set back from public ways a distance at least equal to the fence height.


    Fences constructed of other materials do not exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) in height.


    Monument signs do not exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) in height.


    Steel tanks not storing hazardous material as defined in the Fire Code supported on a foundation not more than two feet (610 mm) above grade when the overall height to diameter or width does not exceed 1½ times the diameter.


    Gantry cranes and similar equipment.


    Retaining walls that retain not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding a Class I, II, or III-A liquids.


    Motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery, except when used as a building.


    Ground mounted radio and television antennae towers which do not exceed 45 feet (13,716 mm) in height and ground supported dish antennas not exceeding 15 feet (4,572 mm) in height above finished grade in any position.


    Light standards which do not exceed 30 feet (9,144 mm) in height.


    Flagpoles not erected upon a building and not more than 15 feet (4,572 mm) high.


    A tree house provided that:


    It does not exceed 64 square feet (5.94 m ) in area nor 8 feet (2,438 mm) in height from floor to roof.


    The ceiling height as established by door height or plate line does not exceed 6 feet (1,829 mm).


    Canopies or awnings, completely supported by the exterior wall, attached to a Group R-3 or U Occupancy and extending not more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall of the building.


    Sheds, office or storage buildings, and other structures that are less than 1,500 square feet (139 m ) and incidental to and work authorized by a valid grading or building permit. Such structures must be removed upon expiration of the permit or completion of the work covered by the permit.


    A portable metal hanger located on County-owned airports, provided that:


    It is less than 2,000 square feet (185.8 m ) in area,


    It is used exclusively for the parking of aircraft,


    It bears the Department of Motor Vehicles, State of California insignia of approval for movement on any highway,


    It incorporates as an integral part of its basic construction a hitch or coupling device for towing,


    It can accommodate, without further structural change, wheel and axle assemblies to provide a safe means of portability,


    It is equipped with permanent ventilation to prevent the accumulation of combustible gases, and


    It is not provided with water or sanitary facilities.


    Oil derricks.


    Decks, walks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade and not over any basement or story below, and which are not part of an accessible route.


    Prefabricated swimming pools and other bodies of water accessory to a Group R-3 Occupancy that are less than 18 inches (0.46 m) deep, or do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927 L) and are installed entirely above adjacent grade.


    Playground equipment not to exceed 12 feet (3.69 m) in height accessory to Group R-3 occupancy.


    One-story detached animal cages and kennels, chicken coops, and animal pens provided the gross floor area does not exceed 400 square feet (37.2 m ) and the height does not exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) and at least one horizontal dimension does not exceed 12 feet (3.69 m).


    Non-combustible livestock shelters provided that the gross floor area does not exceed 300 square feet (27.9 m ), the height does not exceed 12 feet (3.69 m), and at least 3 sides are open.


    Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work where disabled access requirements do not apply.


    Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) in height.

    Unless otherwise exempted, separate plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required for the above-exempted items.

    Exemption from the permit requirements of this Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Code or other laws or ordinances.

    (Ord. 2016-0053 § 2, 2016: Ord. 2013-0048 § 2, 2013; Ord. 2010-0053 § 2, 2010; Ord. 2007-0108 § 2 (part), 2007; Ord. 2002-0076 § 27, 2002: Ord. 95-0066 § 4, 1995; Ord. 95-0065 § 3 (part), 1995.)

    106.4   Application for Permits.