Don't permits cost thousands of dollars?

Not necessarily, a new home has far more fees associated with it than remodels because of development fees. These development fees are not charged each time that an alteration is made. Building permit fees are based on the value (construction costs including materials and typical labor costs) of the work to be done. As an example, an alteration with a value of $10,000 would have a building permit fee (including plan review) of around $225.

Each person will have a different view of what is and is not expensive; however, a few hundred dollars now may save thousands in the future. Other permits such as plumbing, electrical and mechanical (heating and cooling) have fees based on the number and type of installations.

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1. Why do I need a building permit?
2. When do I need an emergency work permit?
3. When do I need a building permit?
4. When do I need a mechanical permit?
5. Why do I need a plumbing permit?
6. Don't permits cost thousands of dollars?
7. What if I made an alteration to my home without realizing I needed a permit and I want to correct the situation; will I be subject to a fine? Do I have to tear the whole project down and start over?
8. What is the purpose of the permits and codes?
9. If I get a permit to remodel my home that was built ten years ago, do I remodel using the building codes that were in affect at the time my home was originally built or to today's code?
10. If I remodel my house, do I have to bring the entire home up to the codes in effect today?
11. Why should I use a licensed contractor?
12. If a licensed contractor is doing the construction should I rely on my contractor to get the permit?
13. I’m doing work that is exempt from a building permit. Is there anything else I should be concerned about?