It is the law to obtain a building permit prior to commencing work. When a permit is submitted to the Building Department, it is reviewed to see that it meets established minimum criteria. The review and approval process allows problems to be identified and corrected before any non-complying work occurs.
- During the process of submitting a permit, a contractor’s licensing and insurance are verified.
- Having a permit allows a person knowledgeable in construction the opportunity to inspect and confirm that minimum code prescribed construction requirements are met.
- The transfer of property could be delayed when non-permitted work is discovered. Work completed without permits and/or inspections is deemed to be unsafe.
- Work that is done without a permit is subject to double permit fees and may have to be partially or completely demolished.
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