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When are building permits required? 

Permits are required for new construction, additions, alterations, remodeling, repairs and demolition. 

You do not need a building permit to do the following. 

Note:  The following items are not exempt if the property is located within a flood hazard area or the property is zoned commercial.

  1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet. 120 square feet for any other commercial and multi-family residential property.   Make sure you are aware of your setback requirements from property lines.
  2. Fences not over six (6) feet high.
  3. Retaining walls that are not over four (4) feet in height measured from grade on the exposed side to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to one 1.
  5. Decks, Platforms, walks and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below, unless the sidewalk or driveway is in the City Right of Way.   
  6. Painting, papering, tiling carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  7. Above ground prefabricated swimming pools.
  8. Swings and other playground equipment.
  9. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  10. Replacement of siding on single family dwellings.
  11. Replacement of like roofing materials on single family dwellings.
  12. Gutters, downspouts, and storm windows.
  13. Window replacement where the rough opening is not altered.
MECHANICAL
  1. Portable Heating appliances
  2. Portable ventilation appliances and equipment
  3. Portable cooling units
  4. Steam, hot water or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment or appliances regulated by this code
  5. The replacement of any minor part that does not alter the approval of equipment or an appliance or make such equipment or appliance unsafe.  This includes the replacement of similar appliances such as hot water heaters and furnaces that does not change the venting of such appliance
  6. Portable evaporative coolers
  7. Self-contained refrigeration systems that contain 10 pounds or less of refrigerant, or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less
  8. Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
PLUMBING
  1. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
  2. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures. 
You can contact the Spearfish Building Department at 605-642-1335 if you have any questions or if you think you need a building permit. 
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