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:
- Appliance replacement.
- Temporary emergency repairs, such as holes in the roof or exterior walls emanating from natural causes.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Oil derricks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery
- Prefabricated swimming pools which are less than 24 inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons and are installed above ground
- Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes.
- Swings and other play playground equipment to detached one and two family dwellings.
- 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.
- 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.