A building permit is required before beginning new construction of, addition to or alteration of a structure other than basic repairs; basic repairs are nonstructural repairs such as carpet, paint, siding, shingles replacement or other work that does not enlarge or alter the basic structure. All accessory (storage) buildings greater than 108 square feet and those accessory buildings less than 108 square feet that include a permanent foundation require a building permit. Storm shelters of any type AND in-ground swimming pools also require a building permit. Trade permits for electrical, plumbing, fuel gas and mechanical work are permits separate from the building permit. If you need help determining if your project requires a building permit, please contact City permit staff at (601) 960-1159.