"Do I really need a building permit?" It's one of the most common questions that a homeowner will ask when contemplating a construction project, typically hoping that the answer they'll get back is "no." People seem to have an unreasonable fear of building permits and the entire inspection process, and since many of your projects actually will require a permit, it might be helpful to look at some common questions that often arise. Why are there building codes and building permits? Quite simply, building codes -- which include codes on structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and other components of your home -- are in place to help ensure your safety. The codes set a number of uniform standards for the construction industry to follow, and all are intended to help builders, homeowners, and the community have safe and secure buildings. Building permits are essentially your community's legal permission to proceed with the project, as well as your agree...
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