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Overview of the Building Department & Permitting Process

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  • For what types of things do I need to obtain a building permit when doing work inside my house?
  • Why is obtaining a building permit of benefit to me as a homeowner?
  • As a homeowner, can I apply for my own building permit?
  • What do I need in order to apply for a building permit?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How long does it take to get a Building Permit?
  • How can I check the progress of a permit application?
  • Can I obtain a Building Permit Application Form on-line?
  • Is there a maximum dollar value up to which I can do work inside my house without a Building Permit?
  • Can I start work when I submit a permit application before it is approved?
  • How much time do I have to get the work done once a permit is issued?
  • Who is responsible for calling for an inspection when work is ready?
  • I do not want to make final payment until I know all inspections have been approved. How do I find out if all of the required inspections have been approved?
  • How do I find out if I have any expired permits on my property?
  • What are the most important things I should know about hiring a contractor?
  • Where is the Building Department located and what are the hours of operation?
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