Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to questions we receive most often from Little Canada's residents relating to planning, zoning, or inspections.
Are special permit approvals ever needed?

Occasionally, the Planning Commission and City Council must act on the work contemplated.  In this case, a conditional use permit, variance, etc. must be applied for in addition to the building permit.  Be sure to allow adequate time since this process can take over a month.  The City Planner has scheduled office time on the second Thursday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Little Canada City Center when he can meet with individuals to discuss their plans.  The Planning Commission meets on the second Thursday of every month.  Deadline for submittals is 17 days prior to their meeting.  The City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Do I need a building permit?
Building permits are required for new construction and most remodeling projects. Some of the most commonly obtained permits are for roofing, siding, decks, fences, pools, and sheds.  Apply for these permits at Little Canada City Center.  Allow at least five to seven business days from the date the permit and all required information is received by the Building Official for approval on residential and commercial permits.  Separate permits are needed for mechanical, plumbing and electrical.
What type of projects require permits?

Many home or business improvement projects require a permit, including decks, porches, fences, sheds, roofs, garages, accessory buildings, and basement remodeling.  Permits are required for buildings or structures that are constructed, altered, moved, improved, repaired, or demolished.  In addition, permits are required for electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning work.  If you are contemplating a project, contact the Little Canada City Center to determine what type of approvals you need or to schedule an appointment to meet with the City Planner.  Permits ensure that proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare.  Permits regulate the design, construction, quality of materials of all buildings and structures in the community.

 
   
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