When do I need a construction permit?

A construction permit is needed for all new construction. Permits are also usually needed for the repair or replacement of existing fixtures such as windows. A plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit is needed for any change to a buildings system. For example, moving or adding an electrical outlet requires a permit. Feel free to call out office to find out if your specific project needs a permit.

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1. What are permits and why do I need one?
2. When do I need a construction permit?
3. Are permits needed for all home improvements?
4. Where do I get a permit?
5. What steps are involved in the process?
6. How long does it take to get a permit?
7. What is the cost of a permit?
8. What happens if I don’t get a permit?
9. What if I get a permit but don’t call for inspections?
10. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
11. Who prepares the required plans?
12. What about inspections?