Building Inspections is a unit of the General Services Department. This department is responsible for:
General building electrical, mechanical plumbing permits for commercial and residential.
Plan Reviews for all construction, including but not limited to, commercial, residential, remodeling, alterations and repairs.
Regulating City and State Building codes.
Conducting Building Inspections during construction to assure compliance of City and State Building Codes.
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The Permit Process
The building permit process helps us understand what our local laws and ordinances are. Before any construction or remodeling work begins, application for a permit should be made.
Building permits provide the mean for Code Officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used.
Visit or Call Your Local Code Official
The Code Official will ask "What are you planning to do?" and "Where are you planning to do it?" Then, the Code official will explain the requirements (codes/ordinances) regarding your project. An application for a building permit will be given to you at this time. This initial contact will provide the resources and information you will need to make your project a success and avoid problems which could cost you time and money.
The permit application requires information about the construction project. You'll be asked to document "who" will perform the work, "what" work will be done, "where" the work will be done, "when" the work will be done and "how" the work will be done. Sketches, drawings, plans or other documentation of the proposed work will have to be submitted for review.
Wait During Review Process
The majority of residential permit applications are processed without delay and commercial permits are processed 1-10 working days (depending on information submitted.) The Code Official will determine if your project is in compliance with the construction codes, with the fire zoning and with municipal or state ordinances and statues.
Receive Results Of Review Process
A. If compliance with the City Code, and other applicable regulations is determined, the application isapprovedand a permit issued.
B. If compliance is not determined, your application as submitted will be denied. If you are refused a building permit, you can correct the code violations or appeal the decision or re-submit with corrections
The building permit is the document granting legal permission to start construction. You must proceed as approved in the review process and on-site inspection process. The fee also gives you access to the Code Official's knowledge and experience when and if you have questions about your construction project. An additional fee for services such as water connections and surveys may be required. Inspections required for your project will be indicated on the permit. Most building departments require you post the building permit in a window or other prominent place at the construction site, keep a copy of the building plans at the site, and bring any proposed changes to the attention of the code official immediately. Changes will require a review and approval in the same manner as the original application.
Arrange Inspection Visit
Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Code Official to make certain the work conforms to the code, the building permit and the approved plans. The person responsible for the construction project must request each inspection. Normally, 24 to 48 hours advance notice is required. If an inspector finds that some work does not conform to approved plans, the inspector will advise (and possibly provide written notice) that the situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, a stop work order may be posted until the problem is resolved.
Receive Certificate Of Occupancy
When code compliance is determined, the Inspector issues a certificate of occupancy. This certificate is the formal document which marks the completion of your construction project and gives you permission to occupy your new or renovated building with the knowledge that it has met safety standards in your community.
Building Permits - Why and How?
What is a Building Permit?
A building permit is a license which grants legal permission to start construction of a building project
What Construction Projects Need Building Permits?
Check your local building department for requirements in your area. Building permits are typically required for the following:
The Use of Permits
Code Officials and Inspectors use building permits as a vital step in their enforcement of codes. You have an investment in the home or business you are about to build or remodel. When that home or business does not comply with the codes, you investment could be reduced. Applying for a building permit notifies the Code Official that you are constructing or remodeling a building so he or she can ensure code compliance.
Why a Building Permit?
Building permits provide the means for Code Officials to protect us by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and therefore ensuring the public health, safety and welfare.