Before you get started, Did you know….

  • Time is money! Your permits & corresponding inspections cost money, the most expensive permit is the Building Permit, its fee is based on the value of materials and labor (for new construction). It is important that this value is not grossly underestimated as it can be tied to your home insurance.
  • Homeowner permits require a minimum of two inspections, please call if you have any questions or when you are ready for your inspection.
  • If you are the homeowner planning a residential project (Ie: garage, personal shop, house) You can do your own work and pull your own permits.
  • If you planning a commercial undertaking, you may apply for the Building Permit but you will require contactors to apply for any applicable Plumbing, Electrical, Gas and PSDS permits.
  • If you are moving on a mobile, modular or older home-you still require Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Gas permits & Inspections for all your connections and alterations.
  • If you are hiring a contractor for your personal residential project, communicate and establish who is responsible for obtaining permits. Often the permit is included in the fee you are charged for the entirety of the project. You can pull the permit and your contractor may work under it, or they can pull it themselves- be sure to establish who is expected to do so.
  • Any new construction, addition, connection or alteration to existing work requires permits.
  • As long as you have obtained your development permit and it is active and valid, your Building permit can be issued within the week. Plumbing, Gas & Electrical Permits can be issued within one-two business days.
  • If your work is not started within 90 days, your permit CAN be expired. If work stops for more than 120 days your permit CAN be expired.
  • If you are installing any Private Septic Disposal System (PSDS), you will require a contractor. There is much preparation to be done to establish if the soil is suitable and establish an appropriate design BEFORE any installation is to be done.
  • You do not require a Building Permit if you are building a shed/storage for storage of farm equipment or hay. Any building for maintenance or that you intend to work in will require a Building Permit.