Every contractor and every Architect has heard the question many times – “Do I need a building permit for my project?”
Or to put it more accurately, “Do I need to pay for an expensive building permit, and go through the hassle and delays of inspections for my simple little project?”
In other words, “If I’m supposed to get a permit but don’t, what’s the harm?”
Most municipalities have a list of projects that require permits, so the first question’s often easy to answer. The other questions are a little more complicated.
But first let’s take a look at what permits are for in the first place.