The Building Department is responsible for issuing building permits and certificates of use and occupancy, ensuring…More code compliance (including the fire code), and it has the power to condemn unsafe structures.
If something is governed or regulated by the building code, you need to get a permit. Chief Building Official Brian Platz says, "If in doubt, call." Phone calls are cheap, code violations are not. The Building Department is available to review plans for code compliance before you get started.