Why Get Permits & Inspections?

There are many important reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and to obtain the required inspections for your construction project. Whether it is a large or small project you should protect yourself with the appropriate permit. The Contractor should be responsible for obtaining that permit.

Helps protect property value
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced.

Saves Money
Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.

Makes Selling Property Easier
When property is sold through a multiple listing association, the owner is required to disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.

Improves safety
Your permit allows the code official to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction or appliance installation to provide for public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, and your friends or future owners. Mandatory inspections complement the contractor’s experience and act as a system of checks and balances resulting in a safer project.

Misconceptions:
1. I will have an increase in my property taxes:
When installing new HVAC equipment, plumbing fixtures and fixed equipment, there is no new assessment on the tax rolls.
2. It will cost more to do the project.
It never costs more to do a project when it is permitted properly. Quite the contrary it will cost less because the building inspector will make sure everything is to code and repairs and fixes will not have to be done in the future.

It’s the Law
Work requiring permits are made such by City/County Ordinance. Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies. Contractors who do not want to get a permit should be questioned by the homeowner.

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