Things you need to know before getting a building permit

Building permits are a critical part of any construction process. No matter what your views on them, whether you think of them as a necessary step for public safety or just as an unnecessary annoyance that hinders infrastructural progress, you still can’t deny its importance. Building permits ensure that the real estate market gets regulated and stays legal for sale and purchase. But, does your project require a building permit? The answer to this is not a simple yes or a no. There are a bunch of factors that can influence and alter this answer. The most obvious factor is the city and state that the project is situated in. There are many separate permits that fall under the umbrella of building permits. These include a permit for structural integrity, electrical code compliance, and proper plumbing permits, and you might have to acquire each one separately.

If the contractor you hired knows what they are doing, you might never have to worry about any building permit. They’ll make sure that all the building codes of your city and state are being followed. If you have any doubt about a specific rule or code, you can simply contact the construction department if your city and inquire them about it. They’ll be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.

What even is this permit?

Before we go into further details, it is important to understand the basic details. So, what exactly is a building permit? To put it in the fewest words possible, a building permit is an official confirmation from the state/city that the construction project is legal. This permit covers things like basic safety protocol, such as electricity, fire resistance, water, sewage, sanitation, and, most importantly, structural integrity and compliance of building codes. A building permit proves that the construction project is fully legal and can be sold in the future without any issues.

Working without a permit:

Performing any kind of construction work without the appropriate permit is plainly illegal. Your building project could be complying with every single code of construction, but if you don’t have a formal permit, the whole project would be deemed illegal. A building inspector can pay a visit, or someone can report your project for operation without a permit. In the case of being found out by any means, it could mean big trouble for you. There are many ways in which you could be penalized, such as being fined heavily, ordering you to stop the project until a permit is acquired. In the worst-case scenario, the city could order you to tear down all the work that has been done and then start over with a permit in hand. When you look at it from this perspective, the high cost of a permit seems okay. Having a permit pre obtained will dentally save you money in the long run.

Cost of the permit:

No two construction projects are identical, and the same could be said about the permits required to start them. There is no fixed price for every permit ever issued. There are a lot of factors, most notable of which is the local state/city laws where the project is planned to take place. Other factors include:

  • Size of the project
  • The complexity of the project
  • The monetary value of the project
  • Other additional permits required
  • The time required for inspection

Permits can cost from a few hundred dollars all the way up to several thousand. The above-mentioned projects completely influence the cost, and there is no real way of knowing the exact cost, and we can only make and work with estimates.

Responsibility for getting the permit:

The best way t deal with this building permit obtaining process is to leave it up to the contractor. They can apply for the permit in their company’s name and will be held responsible for any code violations. But it is always advised to keep your eye on the project and every requirement that the city makes for the issuance of the permit. After all, it is your property, and once the construction company is done, all of it will be in your hand, and you would have to face any problems or complications that arise later.