The building permit and inspection process ensure that construction, demolition, addition or renovation to a property is done in a safe manner. In order to maintain the safety of the public, the Town may order an enforcement action or stop work order when an approved permit has not been obtained before work has begun. The Town reserves the right to levy fines at its discretion.
There are instances where people may become aware of the necessity of needing a building permit after they have begun or even completed their project. In these situations, building permits may be obtained afterward, but the required process to receive the stamp of completion by an inspector can be quite costly and time consuming. There may even be a need for completed work to be disassembled for the inspection to be performed properly.
Making an insurance claim could be a challenge if you have uninspected work done in/on your home.
Selling a home
When you prepare to sell your home, the realtor is likely to ask for permits for finished basements, hot tubs, sheds etc. Or, at a minimum, the realtor will make the buyer sign a waiver. If you need to get the permits in order to sell your house, there may be extra costs if you need to remove drywall so inspectors can see the wiring, plumbing, etc.
Buying a home
Buyer beware! Make sure you ask for permits on the home you are considering. If you purchase it and then need to get permits, you may end up paying more and be responsible for deficiencies that need to be corrected after the inspection.
Get your building permit to ensure your safety and avoid added costs later on. Submit any inquiries by clicking on the button below or call Safety Codes at: 403-995-6304.