The building permits marked with the asterisk will probably be secured by the sub who does the work. Make sure you know when you will need each permit - generally before any work begins on that part of the home affected by the permit.
Leave yourself plenty of time. Some building permits may require exhibits (plans and specifications) or testing (perk test for the septic tank). If a plan review is required, it may take a week or more before your building permit(s) is issued.
When getting your permits, ask again what permits are required so that you don’t miss any. It’s possible a new one has been instituted that you haven’t heard about!
When you get your building permits, be sure and find out what inspections are required. Make a note of the inspections required on your Construction Check Lists, so that you don’t forget.
Be sure to ask and understand what the inspectors will be looking for and what cannot be built until the area in question has passed inspection. For example, the rough electrical inspection must be done before the wall insulation can be installed.
Be sure to note how long each building permit is good for. Some building permits expire after a certain time period. In other words, you can’t get a permit to build a home and sit on it for five years!
Know what the requirements are for posting the building permits
on your property.
Septic Tank Permit
The agency responsible for septic tanks will not issue a permit unless it determines that the lot is suitable for a septic tank and drain field.
We have seen cases where the agency would not agree to permitting the lot for a septic tank, but said they would issue a permit if the builder could get a suitable system installed.
This places the burden on the builder. He has to be willing to take the risk and spend the money to try to get a septic tank and drain field into a marginal lot.
Usually the only time this situation arises is when a builder buys several lots together as a group - taking the bad with the good.
He may end up with one or more lots that present difficulties, but that were so inexpensive that he can afford to spend a few extra thousand dollars getting a septic tank in, and still have a buildable lot.
We have included this information just so that you will know
that if the health department says the lot is not suitable for
a septic tank, you may still have other alternatives. If this
happens to you with a lot you are really interested in, talk to
several septic tank contractors about the feasibility and cost
of getting a system installed on the lot.
Things like special added fees for road construction or improvement, the local school district, etc. I once paid over $14,000 for a building permit in Colorado.
And I'm sure that's nowhere near the record. Knowing this tidbit of information before you commit to a lot, may make you think twice about some subdivisions or jurisdictions.
The main construction building permit is one that will certainly require a plan review.
What the Building Inspector
(plan reviewer in larger jurisdictions) will be looking for
is that what you plan to build is in compliance with the Building
Codes and other requirements they have adopted.
I once had to provide samples of the brick and paint colors I planned to use. No joke!
The building permit is one that will have
to be "posted" on
the property so that the inspectors can see it when they come
to the site and mark it as to what has previously passed inspection.
For additional insight to planning your construction schedule,