Many people think building permits exist just to be a nuisance. In reality, however, building permits exist to protect the safety and well-being of project workers, homeowners, and potential future occupants. If you are doing most types of construction work on commercial or residential properties, building permits are typically required. These building permits actually give you the valid rights to begin construction work and they typically are filed with official blue prints or specifications.
The necessity of building permits varies depending on what city and state the construction project is located in. Many cities have different standards on how big a project must be to require a building permit. To ensure legality and to protect your investment, check with your city officials and start the process of obtaining a building permit before any work begins. Not only are building permits typically required by law, but they can be extremely beneficial in other ways. For example, if you spend a lot of time and money on a project such as a renovation to your house that is done without a building permit and you then decide to sell your home, you may be forced to tear down your renovation due to legality and insurance issues. Building permits also ensure the safety of everyone working on the project and even being around the project after it has been completed. Building permits are only given to projects that follow city ordinances and therefore is beneficial if an accident were to occur that could bring about a lawsuit.
Your building permit has legal standing and therefore will back you up in a court of law. Your building permits also help protect the worth of the property that the renovation is being made on. If the renovation does not follow city or community guidelines, the worth of the property could go down. Building permits will ensure that these city guidelines are followed. Building permits are also helpful in regards to statistical data. The government employees and census' can track how many new homes are built per year as one measure of population growth by keeping an index of all issued building permits.
This database is widely available and is also beneficial to contractors and building companies to see where their biggest demographic is located. Building permits allow contractors to look at the data and decide what work is most commonly done on homes and can change how the company markets itself. If you are a homeowner who is contracting out work on your home, building permits can be extremely beneficial to you as well. Having a building permit will ensure the individuals or companies you have hired to do your work are trained and registered builders. This is important because registered builders have insurance coverage in case anything were to go wrong. The process for getting a building permit is relatively quick and painless especially if you are working with a contracting company that is familiar with building permits and employs registered builders. Therefore, the benefits of having these building permits far outweighs the negatives and can be extremely beneficial to all building projects.