Do I Need a Permit?

Activities for which a building permit is required:

A building permit is required for all construction work within the city limits of Leeds involving the construction, enlargement, repair (exceeding $100 in cost), movement, demolition, or change of occupancy of a building or structure, or for the erection, installation, alteration, repair, removal, conversion or replacement of any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.

Activities for which a building permit is not required:

  1. Appliance replacement.
  2. Temporary emergency repairs, such as holes in the roof or exterior walls emanating from natural causes.
  3. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  4. Oil derricks.
  5. Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids.
  6. Sidewalks and driveways which are not more than 30 inches above grade, not over any basement or story below, and which are not part of an accessible route.
  7. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery
  8. Prefabricated swimming pools which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are installed above ground
  9. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes.
  10. Swings and other play playground equipment to detached one and two family dwellings.
  11. 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.
  12. Moveable cases, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.

Business license requirements:
On all activities requiring a building permit, the contractor and all subcontractors must apply for and obtain a City of Leeds Business License before starting work.