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Building Permits 101

This article has been prepared to provide some general information on several common questions regarding building permits. For specific requirements regarding building permits in your area, please consult with your local building department. Why is a building permit so important? Building permits are intended to regulate the type of construction that is allowed in a community and helps to ensure safe building standards are met. The building permit process protects homeowner and community interests, and helps to ensure that construction projects are built properly and legally. In addition, having proper building permits can prevent legal complications when trying to sell or re-mortgage your home in the future. Who is responsible for obtaining a building permit? The homeowner. It is important to note that renovation contractors will often obtain permits on behalf of homeowners, however, it is the building owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements. How…