How To Get A Permit To Build

Tammy Emineth
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If you are looking to purchase land and build on it, then you are going to need a building permit. Obtaining a building permit for your project can feel overwhelming and stressful. There is a lot of information out there suggesting that this is a big hassle and could potentially stop or stall your entire project. To get a better understanding of this route you want to go, read below so you can make a fully educated decision.

What Is a Building Permit?

A building permit is an approval you get from your local government. This permit will allow you to hire a contractor and construct a new building or remodel an existing structure on the property you own. Building permits are to ensure homeowners and contractors are complying with all of the local building codes and standards. Building codes will vary by city or county, depending on where you live. These laws were created to make sure that the additions and renovations that happen are safe for the homeowners, builders, and community.

All municipalities have different rules and regulations. You can determine if you need a building permit by visiting the building department website of the town that you live in. To get a more definitive answer, you will likely need to provide information regarding your construction project. The information you will provide them with will likely need to be detailed and explain every component of the addition or renovation. Even if it seems like a lot of work, you want everything documented so that you are in compliance and avoid potential legal issues when you go to sell your home.

How to Apply for a Building Permit?

If you are looking to apply for a building permit then you need to first contact your building office or the clerk of your local government. You will need to fill out the application form and submit all of the requirements they ask for. They may ask for documentation including insurance or bond forms as well as other materials.

You want to submit the entire project and have it laid out clearly. You may also need to make an appointment to submit your permit application. You will also likely need to submit a fee along with your application. These fees can vary depending on the size of your project. Once you get your application in and your permit is reviewed and approved, you will need to keep this permit visibly displayed at the construction site for the entire duration of the project.

Depending on where you live and how you are funding your build, you may be required to have several scheduled inspections throughout the build to ensure that things are being constructed according to the original approved and permitted plans.

In Conclusion

There is a lot to consider in the home-buying process. One of the biggest American dreams is to purchase land and build your custom home on that land. Whether you are looking to purchase land or buy an existing home, a good real estate agent can help you navigate the process.

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