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1.  When is a Permit required?

A permit is required for any work done on your property for which it is not considered a repair, maintenance or cosmetic. 

2.  How long does it take to get a permit?

Depending upon the scope of the work, the construction department has 20 business days to review the application.  Some projects require "Prior Approvals" (zoning, engineering etc.) and they must be signed off before the building department does its review. After prior approvals are received, the Building department has 20 business days to review the plans.

3.  How much does a building permit cost?

Costs vary depending upon the project.  Each subcode (building, electric, plumbing & fire) has a $50 minimum fee.  For a complete list of fees, go to "ordinances"  Chapter II  2A-7 through 2A-10.

 4.  Can a homeowner do their own work?

Yes, a homeowner can do their own work if they are capable.  However, it must be an owner occupied 1 family house.  If not, a licensed contractor is required.

5.  Can a homeowner draw their own plans?

Yes, a homeowner can do their own plans if it is an owner occupied house. However, they must show knowledgable detail and have accurate measurements and sizes.  If a homeowner, does not do their own plans, they must be done by an architect and the plans must be signed and sealed.

6.  What happens if I don't get a permit?

If you choose not to get a permit, you will be subject to a violation and penalties.  Usually the cost of the permit is far less than a penalty. 

7.  Can I get a specific time for an inspection?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to give a specific time since the inspections greatly vary and could take from a few minutes to a few hours.