There a lot of people that absolutely hate construction permit. Each person might have a slightly different reason, but all of them are justified to some extent. There are many things about these permits that can hamper your progress and ruin your plans. The cost associated with the process and the delays that most people have to face when looking to acquire a permit do not help the cause either. But no matter how much people hate it, the truth of the matter is that these permits are not completely unnecessary and a cash grab by your state/city.
Building permits allow for the enforcement of building codes and regulations. These rules and regulations are designed for public safety and convenience in mind and are critical for every building to follow. Imagine a tall building without any proper fire exits and fire resistance measures. How disastrous that could be in the event of an unfortunate fire. Or a building without appropriate electrical code compliance, that can cause the aforementioned fire. When we look at the bigger picture, the importance of a building permit becomes clearly visible.
Educate yourself about the permit:
Many people are not even aware of when and why a permit is required? So, when is a permit needed? There are no hard and fixed rules about it, but there are a few guidelines for you to follow when determining whether you need the permit or not. You need a permit when you plan to:
- Construct a building
- Enlarge a building
- Move the building
- Repair a building
- Demolish a building
- Majorly alter the appearance of a building
These regulations also apply to any alterations and modifications to your gas electrical and plumbing system. These permits can only be acquired if the project that you plan to do, fit inside the code and regulations set by your state/city. These codes can vary from place to place, so it is important to research and learn about your local laws and rules. The specifics can vary, but the core requirements are usually the same everywhere.
Starting a project without a permit:
You might be aware of all the construction codes and apply all of them when planning your project. Even if you follow all the required rules, your construction will still be illegal without a formal building permit. If you get caught doing any kind of construction with the appropriate permits, you’ll be in a disaster. For starters, you could be fined heavily. Some cities fine a minimum of $500 every day, and the amount goes up for every day that you don’t comply with the permit requirement rules. The city can order your project to be halted, or worse, you could be ordered to demolish everything you have constructed and start over with the necessary permit. This will end up costing way more money and time than it would’ve for getting a permit in the first place. And, even if the construction gets completed without a permit, just fine. That property will still be considered illegal and non-sellable.
Where to get a permit:
Going through the process of getting a permit could be very confusing, especially for a newcomer who doesn’t have any prior knowledge or experience. One thing you can do to ease the process is to ask the contractor about the permit. A licensed contractor has all the knowledge, connections, and experience required to get the permit quickly and with minimal costs. An added bonus of going the contractor route is that if the permit is in the name of the construction company, then they are responsible for following the rules and building codes. Any issue found during the regulatory inspection can penalize them and hurt their license, so you can rest assured that they are going to try their best to follow any and all rules.
The other thing you can do is to prepare beforehand. Complete your plan before you apply for the permit and be prepared to change some aspects of your construction plan. Following the code as closely as possible in the planning phase will also result in better chances of approval and save you both time and money. Do your research, and never build without a permit.