When does a building application or issued permit expire? How do I request an extension?

Time Limitation of Application:

  • An application for a permit for any proposed work shall expire one calendar year after the date of filing unless a permit is issued or a request to extend this oneyear period is submitted prior to the expiration date and approved by the Building Official, and further provided that the adopted codes have not changed from the date of initial application submittal.
  • The Building Official is authorized, but is not required, to grant one or more extensions of time not exceeding 180 calendar days per extension. 
  • An extension request shall be in writing with justifiable cause demonstrated by the applicant. 

Issued Permit Expiration:

Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 12 months after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 12 months after the time the work commenced. 

Before work can reconvene after a permit expires, a new permit shall first be obtained to do so, and the fee shall be one half the amount required for a new permit for such work, provided no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for such work, and provided further that such suspension or abandonment has not exceeded one year. In order to renew action on a permit, after having expired one year or longer, if there are changes to the original design or if the original permit was issued under a previous code cycle, the permittee shall pay all new fees and submit plans for review under the latest adopted codes.

  • The Building Official is authorized, but is not required, to grant one or more extensions of time not exceeding 180 calendar days per extension. 
  • The extension shall be requested in writing prior to the permit expiring and show justifiable cause demonstrated by the applicant.

To request an extension, please fill out an extension request (PDF) and email the completed form to the Building Department.

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5. How long does plan review take? How do I check the status of my permit?
6. How can I discuss my correction letter with a Plans Examiner?
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8. How do I schedule a Building Inspection or view inspection timeframes & results?
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