In our previous post, we briefly discussed the importance of getting a building permit. Now we will share with you how to obtain a building permit. Even if your remodel project is small, it is best that you obtain a building permit. Getting a permit will save you a lot of time and hassle later during your remodel. Ehow.com lists some good steps to follow to obtain a building permit.
The first step to obtaining a building permit is to obtain copies of your home's floor plan with the architect's seal on them. These plans are needed if you are remodeling your home. If you are adding space to your home, be sure to get plans that show the layout of the expansion. The plans will need to be shown to the necessary regulating officials.
Next, you will need to get a building application. You can get get an application from the municipal building department. Complete all necessary sections of the application. Your contractors (electricians and plumbers) should also complete their applicable sections of the application.
Finally, submit your completed application with the copies of your floor plan designs, survey of your lot, and all necessary fees. Verify with the regulating officials all of the documents that you will need to provide (in case their are other documents you need to provide.)
Now that you know the particulars of how to obtain a building permit, you're one step closer to beginning your design project!