Why is a building permit required?

On average, a person will move or change place of residence 11 times during their lifetime. Buildings, therefore, become the permanent face of the city. By having qualified individuals review building plans for structural integrity and safety, and inspectors monitor construction, we are helping to ensure that all structures can be utilized for many years to come. Our building inspectors help to negate unsafe construction and ensure public health safety and welfare.

  • Ensures your structure is built according to the approved plans. 
  • To protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, business and property owners. 
  • Provides proof to insurance agencies that the work was done with a permit and safety requirements were met.
  •  Maintain and improve property values. 


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1. When is a building permit required?
2. Why is a building permit required?
3. What do building permits cost?
4. When is zoning clearance required?
5. Can I draw the plans myself?
6. Who is responsible for obtaining a permit?
7. Can I get a permit for just the footing / foundation prior to getting a permit for the main structure?
8. What comes with the permit?
9. How do I schedule inspections?
10. What do I need to know to add to my home, finish a basement, build a fence, or learn more about setbacks?
11. Where do I learn more about basement/accessory apartments?
12. What do I need to know to develop a subdivision, a new commercial project, or a new industrial project?
13. How do I apply for a business license?