Why is a permit required?

All structures-from office buildings to single-family homes to decks and sheds-are required to meet building safety codes. To ensure compliance with these safety codes, the building inspector visits the project during construction and upon completion. A permit informs the Building Department about the project, helps ensure the contractor understands requirements and becomes a mechanism for triggering inspections. A permit also helps maintain a record of property improvements. When someone is considering purchasing property, it can be valuable to know what work has been done on the property, when it was completed, who completed it, and that it was inspected for compliance.

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1. Why is a permit required?
2. Why is there a fee to get a permit?
3. When is a permit required?
4. Who is responsible for scheduling inspections?
5. Who performs inspections?
6. How much notice is required for an inspection?
7. Are there any inspection fees?
8. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
9. What if I do not agree with the inspection result?
10. Are alternate methods of construction permitted?
11. What do I do if I need a sewer or water inspection?
12. What do I do if I need an electrical inspection?