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Why can’t an inspector tell me how to build something?
Building and trade codes provide minimum life safety standards for construction. There are various construction techniques that can be used to meet these standards. Decisions on “how to build it” to meet code standards are left to design professionals.

Licenses & Permits

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1. Why do I need a building permit to do work on my own property?
2. Why can’t an inspector tell me how to build something?
3. What codes does the city use?
4. What does a building permit cost?
5. How long does it take to get a building permit?
6. What plans should be submitted with a permit application?
7. Who can do the work?
8. Why does the city do inspections?
9. How is an inspection requested?
10. Why are some inspections performed in groups?
11. When is a Certificate of Occupancy required as part of a building permit?
12. What are the requirements for fences?
13. Is a permit needed to fix or replace a roof?