Why should I get a permit?

To protect the homeowner by ensuring that contractors follow codes and safety regulations. The building department will perform inspections approving each phase of the construction.

In order to get a permit, the contractor is required to show proof of a state license or registration which includes proof of liability insurance. Hiring professional contractors protects the homeowner against a claim by a worker who may become injured on your property.

Failure to get construction permits can complicate the sale of your home in the future. Real estate agents always highlight projects and updates that have been made to the house. Buyer’s attorneys frequently contact the Building Department requesting permit information and some sales have been held up due to lack of permits by homeowners, with and without contractors.

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1. What type of work on my house requires a Construction Permit?
2. Why should I get a permit?
3. I enjoy doing my own home improvements around the house, do I need to get a construction permit when I do the work myself?
4. How long will it take to get my permit?
5. When do we call for inspections and who should we call?