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A building permit allows the code official to ensure public health, safety, and welfare by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of life safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you and others. Building permits increase the value of your property by showing potential buyers construction work was completed and checked in a legal and proper manner. In addition, building permits produce historical records of maintenance and remodeling work for each property. Insurance companies may not cover claims from policyholders / homeowners that do not have a permit or do not have their work inspected.
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Your safest recourse when planning a building project is to contact the Building Department for information regarding the requirements for building permits. Please remember that a properly permitted project will ensure your hard work becomes an enhancement to your property value.
Only 1 set of structural drawings (plans) are required with a site plan if hard copies are provided. If electronic structural drawings (plans) and site plans are available or may be obtained, they may be emailed.
Plan review usually takes 10 to 15 working days to complete. More complex plans and commercial projects have a 6-8 week processing time. These are approximate timeframes and are subject to vary depending on current workload and the completeness of the plans submitted.