Why Do I Need A Permit?

 
 

The building code was established to ensure that your home or place of business and any improvements or additions made to it conform to safe building practices. Too often, the determination of safe building practices has involved previous injury, either physical or financial. Your safety and the safety of your family, neighbors, customers and employees depend on construction that follows standardized, proven building practices. The certifiable quality of construction can impact your insurance coverage and can possibly affect the resale value of your home or business; unpermitted improvements can affect the ability of a potential buyer to find financing.

There are several fee elements to any building permit and each serves a different purpose.

The Building Permit fee pays for structural inspections performed during the project to ensure compliance to the building code and that the materials used are installed correctly. It also helps defray the cost of training and education required to keep inspectors current on building code, methods and materials.

The Zoning Review is done to ensure that the proposed construction and it's use is allowed in the property's zoning district and conforms to all applicable setback and easement restrictions, as well as other restrictions imposed by statute.

An Environmental Review (when applicable) is done to ensure that all setbacks and restrictions related to protection of any wells and septic systems adjacent to the building site are met.

The Footing fee (when applicable) pays for foundation inspections. It also helps defray the cost of training and education required to keep inspectors current on foundation engineering, methods and materials.

Trade Permits are those issued for work on plumbing, gas piping, heating, air conditioning, etc. The fees collected pay for installation inspections. They also help defray the cost of training and education required to keep inspectors current on installation code, methods and new technology applicable to the various systems.

A Plan Review is done to ensure that the proposed construction conforms to building code and to provide a reasonable degree of certainty that the work will be successful, safe and long lasting. The fee helps defray the cost of training and education required to keep reviewers current on structural engineering and code requirements.