City of Modesto :: Development Center :: Permit Exemptions
Development Permits : Permit Exemptions
Dept/Div. Contact: Building Safety -
Description: Most projects require permits
before the start of construction. However, work
which is cosmetic, (such as painting, replacing
floor coverings, trim work, etc.), does not require
Examples: The following is a list of
items that do not require permits:
One-story detached accessory structures less than 120
square feet of floor area.
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall
on a dwelling unit, when not projecting more
than 54 inches.
Fences less than six (6) feet high. (Setbacks
Retaining walls less than 4 feet high with
no surcharge (height is measured from the bottom
of the footing to the top of the wall).
Platforms, walks and driveways not more than
30 inches above grade and not over any basement
or story below. Note: For driveway aprons and approaches
and for repair of public sidewalks, contact the
Public Works Department for requirements. The
phone number for Public Works is (209) 571-5569.
Movable cases, counters and partitions not
over 5 feet 9 inches high
Painting, papering & similar finish work.
For more information, please contact our Building
Development Services Division at
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INFORMATION FROM CITY OF MODESTO DEVELOPMENT CENTER WEBSITE:
Information provided through the Development Center is for general reference and may not apply to your project
Please call (209) 577-5232 for more information.