Why obtain a permit?
• The Building Services Division reviews all permits to ensure they meet established minimum criteria. The review and approval process allows problems to be identified and corrected before any non-compliance work occurs.
• A permit allows an inspector who is knowledgeable in construction an opportunity to ensure that minimum code-prescribed construction requirements are met and that what is built meets minimum safety requirements.
• During the process of obtaining a permit, a contractor’s license and insurance are verified.
• The transfer of property can be delayed when non-permitted work is discovered. Work completed without permits and/or inspections is deemed unsafe.
• Work that is done without a permit is subject to double permit fees and may have to be partially or completely demolished.

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1. Where is the Building Services Division located and what are the hours of operation?
2. Why obtain a permit?
3. What types of changes require a permit at my place of business?
4. As a business owner, can I obtain my own building permit?
5. The following repairs/replacement projects always require a Building Permit:
6. What is needed in order to apply for a Building Permit?
7. How much does it cost?
8. How long does it take to get a Building Permit?
9. How can I check the progress of a permit application?
10. Can I get a building permit application online?
11. Is there a maximum dollar value up to which new work can be done inside my place of business without a building permit?
12. Can the work begin before getting a permit?
13. How much time do I have to get the work done once a permit is issued?
14. Tips for hiring a contractor:
15. How can you tell if you are dealing with a licensed contractor?
16. Why is it important to use a licensed contractor?
17. What do expired permits mean for property owners?
18. Who is responsible for scheduling an inspection when work is ready?
19. When can I meet with someone to and walk in with my permit?
20. Who can I contact?