It’s pretty much impossible to build anything new or alter an existing structure without obtaining a legal building permit that provides legal authorization to do so.
Every state establishes its own rules and regulations governing building standards and contractors. These state laws must be met in order to secure a building permit, required before any work is allowed to begin.
Cities may establish their own set of regulations that must be followed within their boundaries as well. These city standards will be at least as rigid as the state’s standards but may address particular needs of a specific environment, terrain, or ecological issue.
Any building permit issued by such municipalities will be issued only when the permit applicant recognizes both the city and the state building guidelines.
Different use types for construction projects require a different building permit, too. Regulations pertaining to schools, hospitals, or shopping malls will not be the same as those pertaining to homes.
New construction isn’t the only type of construction that requires a building permit. Remodels, renovations, and restorations are likely to involve a building permit, too.
Even though these situations don’t call for construction from the ground up, they are quite likely to become attached to or connected in some way with the infrastructure of the community surrounding the project.
In such cases, a building permit is likely to be required to access municipal sources of electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, and sewage systems. Fire safety codes and land use regulations must be met.
To ensure the safety of the entire community, only a licensed professional contractor will be issued a building permit. The issuing entity can provide a list of approved contractors for jobs of all scopes and sizes.