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The Permit Lady

Residential/Commercial & Expired Building Permit Solutions‚Äč

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Basic Permit Information

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (81)
Did you know......
  • You will need to obtain a building permit PRIOR to beginning any work on your project. If you do the work yourself, or if a contractor is hired to do the work, the homeowner is ultimately responsible to the permit. 
  • Permits must be applied for in person.  
  • Depending on the scope of work, a permit can take anywhere from 1 day (express specific) to 4 months (full remodel or new build). A permit service can shorten this time considerably. 
  • The following information typically is necessary to obtain a building permit:
    • The address where the work is to be completed.
    • The name of the owner of the property.
    • The use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.
    • Description of work to be completed.
    • The electrical, plumbing, and mechanical contractors.
    • The architect of record and/or the structural engineer of record, if applicable.
    • The total valuation of the proposed project, as well as contracted breakdowns.
    • Plans, site plan/survey, diagrams, or other data, which adequately describes how the work is to be constructed. Plans shall be drawn to scale and be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work proposed in order to show it is in compliance with the building code.