You need a permit for all new construction, renovations, except minor repairs and including but not limited to the installation of shed, pools, fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. Reference the RI General Laws Chapter 23-27.3 State Building Code section 23-27.3-113.1, entitled "When a permit is required" - It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, remove, or demolish a building, or change the occupancy of a building from one use group as defined in this code to another; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this code, without first filing an application with the building official in writing and obtaining the required permit thereof; except that ordinary repairs as defined in 23-27.3-102 which do not involve any violation of this code shall be exempt from this provision.
23-27.3-102, entitled "Ordinary repairs" - Ordinary repairs to a building and structures may be made without application notice to the building official, but the repairs shall not include: the installation of any siding; the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion of the wall; the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support; or the removal or change of any required means of egress; or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exitway requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standard pipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping; electrical wiring; or mechanical or other work affecting public health, safety, and welfare. All work not classified as ordinary repair shall comply with the rules and regulations or ordinances of the municipality as to the procurement of a permit for the aforementioned repairs.
Sign Permits: Sign Permits are required by the RI Building Code and the by Zoning Ordinance. Please see additional information in the sign permit question.