Why are there building codes and building permits?

Quite simply, building codes, including codes on structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and other components of your home are in place to help ensure your safety.

The codes set a number of standards. All are intended to help builders, homeowners, and the communities have safe and secure buildings. Building permits are your legal permission to proceed with the project, as well as your agreement or contractor’s agreement to do the work in compliance with current codes. A house may be around for a hundred years, and there may be many owners, the Building Division wants to ensure the home is safe for many generations.

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. Why are there building codes and building permits?
3. If I get a permit, can I do the work myself?
4. When do I need a permit?
5. What are the benefits of getting a permit?
6. When is a permit not required?
7. Is there a fee?
8. What will I need to get a permit?