What is the purpose of permits and codes?
The purpose behind building codes is to give reasonable assurance that a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock and health risks. The permits provide a permanent record of the work performed and inspections conducted on the project. This information will be needed if you ever decide to sell your home. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor, obtaining permits protects your biggest asset, which is your home, by ensuring that the work done meets minimum code requirements.

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1. What is the purpose of permits and codes?
2. What codes are applicable?
3. Is there any work I can do without a permit?
4. How do I get a permit for work that’s already been done?
5. Can I prepare my own plans?
6. How detailed do the plans need to be?
7. How do I determine my property line location? Isn’t my front property line at the edge of the street?
8. Where do I get a site plan?
9. If I own the property can I do the work myself?