Required Permits

Building permits are beneficial to you and your community.  By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety.  A building permit is required not only for the health and safety of you and your family but also to maintain the character and aesthetic appeal of structures in Westwood. Westwood's building permit application

A building permit must be obtained prior to beginning work on any of the following:

  • Additions such as bedrooms, bathrooms and family rooms  
  • Basement renovation
  • Change of occupancy of a building
  • Cutting an opening in an existing wall
  • Decks
  • Demolition
  • Driveway and driveway approach in the right-of-way
  • Dumpsters or PODS for temporary use
  • Enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical system, gas system, mechanical system or plumbing system
  • Fences
  • Fireplaces
  • Garages, attached or detached
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems
  • Installation of hot tubs, spas and swimming pools
  • Interior remodels
  • Monument and freestanding signs and facade signs
  • Moving of structures
  • New buildings or other structures 
  • Patio covers
  • Portable toilets
  • Renovations
  • Re-roofing homes, garages and commercial buildings
  • Screened-in porches, construction or adding screen or adding glass
  • Sheds
  • Work on sidewalks in the right-of-way
  • Additions of solar panels
  • Any tenant finish
  • Installation of water heaters


Projects that do not require permits:

  • Painting
  • Papering
  • Tiling
  • Carpeting
  • Cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  • Swings and other playground equipment