Permits are the way the City of Exeter regulates construction. This regulation is designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe. The safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes. Because Exeter has modest growth, we partner with the County of Tulare Building Department to provide plan check services, permitting, and inspection services.
The City of Exeter has adopted several codes, among them the Uniform Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, and National Electrical codes. In addition, there are federal, state and local laws that govern construction, such as those covering energy conservation.
There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction: structural, plumbing, mechanical, grading and combination. Most homeowner’s projects require a combination permit. In addition, the complete demolition and relocation of buildings also requires permits.
Obtaining the permit is just the first step in the process. In this step, you may need to create plans to be submitted to the department, make a plot plan for your property showing the improvements, and show the type of construction you’ll be using.
Once plans are approved, you’re required to build the project according to the plans that have been stamped “APPROVED” by the department. If any changes are made to the plans, they must be made with the department’s approval.
The second half of the process is the inspection of the work by the building inspector. This is discussed later on this page.