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Value of Permitting

 

 

Your home is your biggest financial investment, so taking the proper steps to protect your investment is critical. When constructing inside your home, mistakes made without proper permitting can be exasperating, extremely costly and, in some cases, even deadly. 

Why get a permit?

Permits empower you to get safe, quality workmanship and avoid big problems down the line.

 

Permits help you protect your investment and prevent mistakes.

 

Permits are consumer protection for any work done by a contractor.

Permits mitigate mistakes by having the following benefits:

 

What is the purpose of permits and code?

The purpose behind building codes is to give reasonable assurance that a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and health risks. Permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and a list of inspections conducted on the project.

 

There are numerous things you can do to you house that do not require permits. If you have any doubt whether or not is required, please contact your city’s Building Department for clarification. 

 

How do you get a permit?

Obtaining a construction permit is usually a quick and easy process. Following these preliminary steps will save you valuable time and money down the line, as well as ensure the safety of your family and property.

 

Locate your city's building department office.

Construction permits are issued at your city's building department.

 

Complete the permit application.

There are several ways to obtain a permit application. Call your city's building department to find out if they have applications available online or at their office. Each building department has personnel and resources to assist you through the permit and inspection process.

 

Pay the fees.

Permit fees are based on the size and complexity of your project and are paid when the permit is issued. Permit fees and valuation tables are available at your city's building department. Contact the office and city staff can help you determine your fee. 

 

Receive your permit.

A permit will be issued in the name of the party performing the work. With a permit, a certified inspector can examine the work to ensure that it is done safely and according to code.