What is an ordinary repair?
The Commonwealth's Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical, or other utilities.”
This has been interpreted to mean that rotted floor boards can be replaced on a deck, but the deck cannot be rebuilt without a permit. Also, damaged roof shingles can be repaired, but the entire roof cannot be re-shingled without a permit. If in doubt as to how much work can be done under ordinary repairs, contact the Building Department before the start of work

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. What if I start work without a permit?
3. What is an ordinary repair?
4. When is a Building Permit not required?
5. Why do I need a Plot Plan; Do I need a new one every time?