When do I need a building permit?

A building permit is needed for all new construction. In many cases, a permit is needed for repair or replacement of existing fixtures, such as replacing windows. A plumbing, electrical or mechanical permit may be needed for any additions or changes to a building's existing system; for example, moving or adding a wall or an electrical outlet requires a permit.

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1. Remodeling or adding improvements to your home?
2. What are permits and why do I need one?
3. When do I need a building permit?
4. When don’t I need a building permit?
5. Where do I get a building permit?
6. What is the cost of a building permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What about other approvals or permits that may be needed from other government agencies?
9. What if I don’t get a permit?
10. Who should obtain the permit?
11. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
12. Who draws up the plans?
13. What about a contractor?
14. What about inspections?
15. What if I have a permit, but never called for an inspection?