It can be frustrating to have your project delayed by the permitting process. However, the permitting process is there in order to ensure that the home you build is built right and is safe for your family and future families to come.
In order to make the process a little easier, we've compiled a list of the steps you need to take in order to acquire your permit and start building quickly as possible.
Talk with a Plans Examiner or Code Official
If you’re renovating a home a permit may not be required, and if that is the case then the best place to start is by talking with a plans examiner or code official in order to determine if a permit is necessary.
If you’re building a new home, then a permit will be required. Speaking with a plans examiner or code official can still be a good idea. They’ll be able to answer any of your construction questions and lead you on the right path when starting to apply for the necessary permits.
Apply for a Permit
When you apply for a permit you’ll need to provide the drawing or plans of your proposed project. The drawings will need to be detailed enough so that the staff reviewing them would be able to build the home if asked. The drawings need to detail all information about how the construction will occur.
Here is a list of required items for a standard new home;
• Blue prints
• Structural engineering
• Recorded plat
• Energy code compliance report
• Drainage plan
Building Permit Review
Before you are issued your permit, a plan examiner will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local building code requirements. If your construction plans meet all requirements, a building permit will be issued.
Once you have been approved for a building permit you will have the legal permission to begin construction on your home.
On Site Inspections
You have your permit and have finally begun the construction process, but you’re not out of the woods yet. Inspections will be conducted to ensure that the home under construction conforms to local codes and city approved plans. In order to avoid potential costly mistakes, it can be a good idea to hire a certified building inspector to look over your project before you build.
Complete Your Project
The process to get to this point was a long one, but once your home is completed you’ll feel like it was well worth the hassle. You now have a home that will be safe for you and your family and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you were involved in the development from start to finish.
If the thought of going through the permitting process frightens you, or just seems like a bit too much work, then you also have the option of hiring a professional permitting service. Imperial Permit Services LLC is a great permitting service that is known for their great customer service. They’ll help you through the permitting process so that you can start building your home as quickly as possible.
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