The Inspections Division handles permitting and inspections of new construction and renovations, as well as housing inspections to ensure safe living conditions of rental housing.
Thinking about getting some work done around your house? Then a trip to the Inspection Division may be in order. Contractors aren't the only ones who need to know how the inspection process works. Let's begin with an explanation of the types of permits and then we can answer the most frequently asked question, When is a permit required?
There are four types of permits:
- Building - This covers the structural parts like the roof, walls, floors, insulation, foundation, windows and exterior covering;
- Electrical - This covers the wiring for interior and exterior lighting and fixtures, telephone, smoke detectors and fire alarms;
- Plumbing - This covers the piping system inside the house which delivers water to fixtures like sinks, tubs, showers, washing machines and toilets. It also covers the drain piping which carries waste water away from these same fixtures;
- Mechanical - This covers the systems which provide heating, air conditioning and ventilation throughout the house.
Another matter to consider is the fee or cost of these permits. The costs vary from city to city. Each city sets its own fees. The fee is based upon the cost of the work to be done including labor and materials.
In addition to the basic fee there are two other charges. One charge is a State fee that contributes to the costs of implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Every permit must have the ADA fees added. The other charge is a State fee for radon. The radon fee is only charged on building permits for new houses.
There you have it. Getting a permit assures that a qualified and independent third party (an Inspector) is checking the work you or your contractor is doing.