Why do I need a building permit?

The purpose of a building permit is to control the quality of construction to help ensure that our city continues to be a safe, beautiful area in which we all can live, work and play. Also, the evidence of a building permit is often necessary to obtain financing from a lending agency and may be required to close a sale of your property to show that any improvements that have been made are in compliance. Fire and liability insurance damage may also not be paid in some cases where improvements have been made without a permit.

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1. Why do I need a building permit?
2. How do I apply for a permit?
3. How long will it take to review my application?
4. What type of work will I not need a permit for?
5. How much will my permit cost and what forms of payment are accepted?
6. When am I allowed to work on my building project?
7. What does the permit fee cover?
8. Can a homeowner pull a permit?
9. Where can I obtain a copy of my current boundary survey?
10. Is an as-built (final) boundary survey required for my building project and what information should be included on the survey?
11. How do I select a contractor?