Do I need a building permit even when I put up a small shed or what I would consider to be a temporary/portable structure?

Yes. Although past City Councils and past city administrations may not have enforced or required building permits for portable structures or small structures, the language of the ordinance requires a building permit for projects that involve these types of projects. Further, the current City Council has determined that this aspect of the zoning ordinance will be enforced.

The construction of a deck and/or pool also requires a building permit.