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Building Permit Application

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1. What is a building permit application?
2. How do I get a building permit application?
3. What type of work requires a building permit?
4. What type of building project can I do that doesn’t require a building permit?
5. Will the City allow me to change out windows and doors to improve the overall energy efficiency of my residence without obtaining a building permit?
6. What electrical work can I do that doesn't require a building permit?
7. What plumbing work can I do that doesn't require a building permit?
8. In addition to the building code regulations (currently the "International Building Codes") are there other regulations that may affect my building projects?
9. How do I apply for a building permit?
10. If my building project involves different kinds of construction work (such as electrical, plumging, mechanical, structural, etc.), can I combine everything under one single permit?
11. How long will it take to get a building permit?
12. How much is this building permit going to cost me?
13. Which building permits require building plan review?
14. What building codes are presently being enforced in the City?
15. Where can I reference and/or purchase these building code publications?
16. Do I need a currently licensed architect and/or currently licensed engineer to prepare my construction drawings in the City?
17. What is the structural analysis “design criteria” for a building and/ or a structure in the City?
18. Does the City have amendments (changes) to the current building codes that may affect my construction project?
19. How do I arrange a building inspection, and when are inspections conducted?

Business Licenses

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1. Do I need a business license to do business in the City of Litchfield Park?
2. Does the City issue business licenses?
3. Is the City business license a tax license?
4. How long does it take to acquire a business license?
5. What is the fee? Is it an annual renewable fee?
6. How do I apply for the license?
7. Who can help with questions I may have on doing business in Litchfield Park?

City Council

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1. When are City Council meeting held?
2. How can items be placed on the City Council agenda?
3. Can I speak at a City Council meeting?

Contractor's Information

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1. How do I get the forms that need to be completed?
2. As an owner, can I apply for a building permit if I am not a licensed contractor?
3. What do i need to do to become a licensed contractor in the City?
4. What information will I need to provide when I register as a contractor in the City?
5. As the contractor, what do I need to have on the jobsite at the time of inspection?
6. As the contractor, what are some of the residential building criteria that will be required to be met under each inspection category, as listed on the City's Inspector's Notice?

Elections

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1. How do I register to vote in Litchfield Park for the local elections?
2. How do I determined whether a candidate is elected or whether a proposition passes?
3. What should I do if I do not receive a ballot in the mail?
4. What is the deadline for submitting my ballot?

Finance

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1. When do you release account payable checks?
2. How do I get on your vendor list?

Fishing License

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1. Does the City of Litchfield Park issue fishing licenses?
2. Do I need a fishing license to fish in the lake at Tierra verde Lake Park?
3. Are there age restrictions?
4. How do I get a permit?
5. Are there limits to the number of fish I can catch?
6. Can I use a couple of poles at one time to catch fish?

General

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1. What are city limits?
2. Do I live in the the Litchfield Park city limits?
3. Why do I have a Litchfield Park address if I'm not in the city limits?
4. What services does the City of Litchfield Park provide to its residents?
5. Where is the post office located?
6. Do I need a permit to hold a garage or yard sale?
7. If I live in the "unincorporated area" and need a building permit who do I call?
8. Does the City publish a list of area churches?
9. Does the City publish contact information for area hospitals?

Human Resources

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1. What positions are currently available?
2. What is the hiring process?
3. What type of benefits does the City offer?
4. Where do I send my application and/or resume for a job posting?
5. Can I apply online?
6. If I’m not interviewed or hired, will you keep my application on file?
7. What happens if I just send a resume for your reference in case there’s a job opening meeting my qualifications?

International Residential Code - Electrical

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1. What electrical work can I do that doesn’t require a building permit?
2. I want to add a ceiling mounted pendent (hanging) light fixture above my bath tub. Is there any code regulation that prohibits this?
3. Do recessed lighting fixtures in my ceiling need to be “IC-rated” and labeled?
4. To encourage energy efficient “hot water on demand”, some jurisdictions require an electrical receptacle outlet under each bathroom lavatory. Is this a requirement in your City?
5. I have a wall section 2-1/2 feet wide between two arched opening in my new living room design. Do I need a wall receptacle outlet at this wall section?
6. I'm planning a full height window ("tempered") wall in my new living room addition. Am I exempt from receptacle outlets along this wall?
7. I’m redesigning my kitchen counter layout and will end up with an 18 inch wide section of counter top at one end of my refrigerator. Do I need a receptacle outlet here to serve this small counter?
8. I want to change my existing house design to include an additional bedroom. Are there any nonstructural lilfe safety code regulations I should cover in my design?
9. My interior lights are starting to dim when the A/C unit first starts up. What is wrong?

International Residential Code - Energy

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1. All I am doing is replacing same size windows throughout my residence to gain higher energy efficiency. Is there any code regulations I should be concerned about in replacing my windows?
2. To encourage energy efficient “hot water on demand”, some jurisdictions require an electrical receptacle outlet under each bathroom lavatory. Is this a requirement in your City?
3. I am building a bedroom addition to my residence. What is the minimum amount of insulation required in the new ceiling (w/ attic above) and in the wood frame exterior walls?
4. What is "SHGC," what does it measure and what is the maximum "SHGC" allowed?
5. I have been told that all new construction will now require (under the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code) a posted energy certificate. Is this true?

International Residential Code - Exiting (Means of Egress)

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1. Do I need an exterior door landing for my 36 inch wide garage door that opens to the side yard?
2. Can the door landing simply be a flat gravel area?
3. May I use key lock door hardware that’s keyed from both sides on my primary entrance (exit) door?
4. I want to add a pre-manufactured “spiral stairway” that connects to my second story master bedroom (exterior) deck, providing direct rear yard access from the 2nd story. Is a spiral stairway allowed?
5. I’m building an addition to my residence, I need to relocate my existing exterior A/C unit from my rear yard to my side yard. Does the City allow side yard installations?
6. I want to enclose my existing covered patio and create a habitable living space. Are there any nonstructural code issues I should be concerned about?
7. I’m adding a bedroom to my unfinished basement and noticed the window well doesn’t have a ladder in it. At what point does the window well need a ladder?
8. I want to add exterior decorative wrought iron in front of my windows. May I use wrought iron over my bedroom windows and key lock the wrought iron release from the inside?

International Residential Code - Fire and Life Safety

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1. Has the City amended the fire separation requirements (section R309.2, I.R.C.) between a dwelling unit and the adjoining private garage?
2. Does the garage door between the house and the garage need to be self-closing?
3. Are there nonstructural code issues I should be concerned about when enclosing my carport and converting it into a garage?
4. My new house design has rooms with high ceilings and lower arched doorway openings? In addition to the bedrooms and adjacent hallway, do I need to install added smoke alarms in each of these rooms?
5. I want to enclose my existing covered patio and create a habitable living space. Are there any nonstructural code issues I should be concerned about?
6. I want to change an already existing portion of my residence to include a bedroom. In preparing the new proposed floor plan layout, are there nonstructural life safety code issues?
7. I am replacing same size windows throughout my residence to gain higher energy efficiency. Are there any code regulations I should be concerned about in replacing my windows?
8. I’m framing the second story of my two story residence with open-web floor trusses. The second story floor area is approximately 1,200 square feet. Is draftstopping required?
9. I am remodeling my home and want to add an exterior window (at least 18 inches above the floor) in my existing foyer. The new window will be located adjacent to the bottom of my interior stairway.

International Residential Code - Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning (HVAC)

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1. Are windows required in home theatres?
2. I want to enclose my existing covered patio and create a habitable living space. Are there any nonstructural code issues I should be concerned about?
3. I have an outdoor (concrete slab mounted) A/C unit that is old and needs to be replaced. A heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) contractor suggested a rooftop mounted unit. Does the City allow
4. Does my outdoor A/C unit need to be mounted on a foundation?
5. My A/C unit circuit breaker periodically trips. What is wrong?

International Residential Code - Miscellaneous

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1. Will I be in violation of the building code if I add pavers over my exiting concrete patio slab (with a sand base), tucking the border pavers under the facing of my exterior stucco walls?
2. Are there any building code regulations addressing perimieter grading, specifically the use of rolling earth berms (mounds)?
3. With the native soils we have, do I need a base course below my concrete floor slab?
4. When do I need a soils report?
5. In preparing for my foundation stem wall inspection, do I need to string my property lines?
6. What information must be provided as part of the posting of my construction site?

International Residential Code - Plumbing, Including Gas Piping

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1. What plumbing work can I do that doesn’t require a building permit?
2. The code requires a minimum burial depth of 12 inches below grade for gas piping, is this depth allowed for listed, labeled and approved plastic gas piping?
3. Can I use copper tubing for my gas piping installation?
4. Can I put a new concrete slab over an existing buried gas line?
5. To encourage energy efficient “hot water on demand”, some jurisdictions require an electrical receptacle outlet under each bathroom lavatory. Is this a requirement in your City?

International Residential Code - Structural and Framing

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1. How do I know if the interior wall I’m planning to modify is considered a “load-bearing wall” or “nonbearing wall”?
2. Are there limits to the amount of notching and/or cutting I can do to my trusses?
3. I have to notch out a portion of an exterior wall and an interior load-bearing wall top plate assembly to cut in my ductwork and piping. Are there top plate notching limitations?
4. I want to re-roof my home and change the roofing material from asphalt shingles to roof tile? Do I need a building permit?
5. I want to re-roof my home and change the roofing material from asphalt shingles to roof tile. Are there any structural issues I should be concerned about?
6. Can I use fiberglass insulation batts as my fireblocking material between double wall cavities and floor-ceiling assembly above?
7. I’m framing the second story of my two story residence with open-web floor trusses. The second story floor area is approximately 1,200 square feet. Is draftstopping required?

International Residential Code -General Building Code

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1. Does the City have amendments (changes) to the current bulding codes that may affect my construction project?
2. What type of work requires a building permit?
3. I am remodeling my home and will be relacting interior walls. Do I need a permit?
4. I am remodeling my home and will be relacting interior walls. May I reuse some of the original framing and finish materials from the existing relocated walls?
5. I have decided to re-roof my home and change the roofing material from asphalt shingles to roof tile. Do I need a building permit? Are there structural issues I should be concerned about?
6. Are there any building code regulations that address perimeter grading?
7. I am remodeling my home and will be relacting interior walls. Do I need a permit?

New Resident Information

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1. Where can I sign up for utilities?
2. Recycling?
3. Where are the parks?
4. Where can I find the new resident packet?
5. What are the regulations concerning pets?
6. Where can I find emergency disaster information?
7. Trash Pickup?
8. Resources for other service, e.g. cable, phone?
9. Where can I find local school information?
10. Do I have to license my pets?
11. What are the local emergency contacts?

Parks & Recreation

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1. Where can I find out about special events in Litchfield Park?
2. How do I register for activities?
3. Does the City of Litchfield Park have facilities available to rent for special occasions?
4. Where are the parks located in Litchfield Park?

Public Safety

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1. Who do I contact for police service?
2. Does the City have a Block Watch program? If so, how do I get information?
3. Who provides fire service to Litchfield Park?

Refuse/Recycling

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1. When is my refuse/recycling picked up?
2. How can I opt-in to the recycling program?
3. How do I acquire a recycling bin?
4. My refuse/recycling was not collected. What can I do?
5. What can I put in my recycling bin?
6. What items are considered household hazardous waste materials?
7. What can I do with household hazardous wastes?
8. How do I dispose of motor oil and used car batteries?
9. Can rechargeable batteries be recycled?
10. What to I do with my old alkaline batteries?
11. I've just purchased new tires to place on my vehicle. What do I do with the old tires?
12. Does the City offer residents the opportunity to recycle live trees during the Christmas season?

Site Plans

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1. What is a site plan?
2. Which residential building permit applications require a site plan?
3. Is there a specific form required for the site plan?
4. Is a legal description, lot number and/or street address required on the site plan?
5. Is a "lot coverage" percentage calculation required on the site plan?
6. Is a north arrow required on the site plan?
7. Do all streets (frontage and side) common with the construction site, need to be labeled on the site plan?
8. Does new proposed (soft) landscaping need to be shown on the site plan?

Street Light Outages

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1. Who do I call to report a street light outage?
2. Do I need information when I call APS?

Swimming Pools and Spas

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1. Can a safety cover which complies with ASTM F1346 be used with a spa and/or hot tub in lieu of the barrier requirements?
2. If I don't have any children under the age of six, living at home, am I exempt from the barrier requirements?
3. Is a portable and/or inflatable above-ground pool regulated regarding pool barrier requirements?
4. If a pool barrier is required, is a building permit required to construct it?
5. I am remodeling and/or adding to my existing residence, and my pool barriers are currently not in compliance. Are they required to be brought up to current code?
6. When during (pool/spa installation) construction should my pool/spa barriers be in place?
7. To prevent possible suction entrapment, what does the code require? And, any City recommendations?

Youth Sports

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1. What youth sports does the City of Litchfield Park offer to residents and non-residents?
2. Tell me about the youth basketball league.
3. I'd like to register my child in soccer. You have year 'round soccer, correct?
4. Do you have a tackle football league?
5. So, the City has a youth recreation baseball league?
6. Who do I call for information or follow up on sports registration?