The Town of Garden City is contracted with ProCode Inc. for building inspection services. ProCode’s website includes a form to request a building inspection. There is also a page with downloads of ICC Building Guides. These are very helpful in planning your project and will inform you of the required specifications. Garden City uses the 2012 International Building Code.

See the chart below to determine if you need a building permit. The cost of the permit is based upon the estimated cost of your project. Smaller projects do not require plans to be submitted, but a sketch may be. It is important to get a building permit before the project commences or the Building Inspector will charge an additional fee. In the event of an after-hours, holiday or weekend emergency repair, have the work performed and apply for the building permit on the next day the Town Hall is open.

Please keep in mind that any project that requires Atmos to turn the gas off will require the Building Inspector to come out when the project is complete to perform a pressure test. Atmos will not turn the gas back on without this test.

Call or come by the Town Hall if you have questions.

Download Building Permit

 Projects that require a permit:

  • Central air conditioner (new and replacement)
  • Additions, decks, patio covers, garages and carports
  • Basement finish
  • Electrical work
  • Furnaces
  • Jetted or hot tubs
  • Lawn sprinkler back-flow prevention device
  • Plumbing addition or extension
  • Remodel or demolition
  • Re-roof
  • Retaining walls over 4′ in height
  • Structures more than 120 square feet of floor area
  • Water heater and boiler replacements
  • Wood burning stoves, fireplaces and gas logs

Projects exempt from permits:

  •  One story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet
  • Retaining walls less than 4′ in height
  • Sidewalks not more than 30″ above grade
  • Replacement of existing driveway
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools less than 24″ deep
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two family dwelling
  • Window awnings that do not project more than 54″ from an exterior wall
  • Replacement of windows or doors of the same dimensions
  • Decks less than 30″ above grade and not attached to an existing structure
  • Repair, replacement or maintenance of equipment