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Simple Permits

Home owners, property owners and licensed contractors can now submit permits online 24/7 for minor installations.

You can now obtain a no-plan Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Permit, called Simple Permit - MEP, for minor installations online for many installations including:


  • Installations of a forced air units (FAU) or air conditioner units (A/C)
  • Installations of exhaust fans
  • Replacement of furnaces


  • Meter reset/re-connections
  • Adding circuits
  • Miscellaneous wirings, such as relocation of electrical outlets, or re-wiring
  • Temporary power poles for construction sites
  • Electric vehicle charging stations for a private garages


  • Water heater replacements, except tankless types
  • Water or sewer piping repairs
  • Gas line repairs
  • Repair or replacement of drains
  • Water softener installations
  • Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) for domestic service

To learn more about Simple Permit - MEP, see PDF icon Information Bulletin 103.



  1. Click PDF icon here  for detailed instructions on how to apply for a Simple Permit - MEP, pay invoices and schedule inspections.
  2. Licensed contractors will receive their permit as soon as they complete the application and pay the invoice. Homeowners will receive their Simple Permit - MEP normally within two business days after the completed PDF icon Owner-Builder Verification Form DS-3042 is submitted. An inspection can be scheduled once the invoice is paid and the permit is issued.
  3. Click PDF icon here for detailed instructions to print reports from OpenDSD.

Apply for a Simple Permit -MEP

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For questions about Simple Permit - MEP, please email [email protected].  

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