Applying For Building Permits
A building permit is a legal approval issued by a government agency with jurisdiction over a specific piece of land. Building permits give licensed candidates the right to finish the construction work on a piece of land. They are there to assist the government to make sure that a construction project is legitimate, safe, and complies with local code. In addition, they help build stronger communities by reducing blight, noise, and other undesirable signs on neighborhood streets.
When applying for building permits, it is important to remember that most applications are submitted by the building contractors themselves. It is also important that the contractor is well-established, experienced, and able to demonstrate that all the required permits have been obtained. Therefore, it is advised that applicants research permit databases prior to submitting their applications, and to ask any potential contractors for references from previous jobs. It may also be useful to contact the local government or building department for assistance in preparing the application forms.
In most cases, building permits take up to three months to process before official approval is given. Permits are required for a broad range of construction projects, including industrial, residential, institutional, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Therefore, it is advised that anyone planning to submit a building permit application take into account building codes, and local ordinances to ensure that the project is legally appropriate. By following local ordinances and building codes, building permits will ensure that construction projects are performed safely, on time, and within the allowed budget.