When is a permit not required?

Cosmetic work, such as minor repair work or redecorating does not require a permit. This includes replacing cabinets, replacing floor covering, painting and decorating, repairing sheetrock (interior walls only), replacing small areas of siding (if you are not also making structural alterations), replacing light fixtures and appliances (if you are not altering or replacing wiring).

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1. Why does the City of Miami have a Building Code?
2. What permits are issued by the Community Development Office for the City of Miami?
3. Why does the City of Miami require Building Permits?
4. When is a building permit required?
5. When is a permit not required?
6. What are the benefits of a permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What information will I need when requesting a Building Permit?
9. Where is the Building Department located and what are the hours of business?
10. What building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical codes has the City of Miami adopted?
11. If I am a homeowner, may I do my own work?
12. Is a permit required for a roof?
13. How many site plans are required for a permit?
14. Is there a cost for the permit?
15. When do I pay for my permit and what forms of payment are accepted?
16. How long is a permit good for?
17. Where do I post my permit?
18. Do I need a foundation for a detached structure I am building or if I am adding on to an existing structure?
19. If I add on to my house, do I have to install smoke detectors?
20. Do I need a permit for decks and basement finishes?
21. When can I occupy my permitted home or business?
22. Why is a certificate of occupancy needed?
23. Can a portion of a building or structure be occupied prior to the completion of the entire building or structure?
24. What should be done with a certificate of occupancy once it is received?
25. Is a permit needed for signs?
26. Is a permit required for a fence or accessory building?
27. Is a permit required to replace an existing electric/gas water heater?