Article: Building Permits = Building Safety

There’s a very simple reason why building permits are required for construction – it’s all about safety. Building codes help ensure that the structures in which we live, work and play meet standards against collapse, fire and other potential dangers. If structures aren’t up to code, insurance companies may not pay on damage claims, and property owners could be liable if someone is injured.

If you’re starting a construction or remodeling project, make sure to find out if a building permit is required. You’ll need to pay the required fees, submit plans and have inspections performed during construction. That way, you’ll know your project is safe.

But what if you’ve acquired a property where work was performed without a permit, or you’ve done work yourself without a permit? You’ll need to apply for a building permit, pay an investigative fee and other required fees. If certain aspects of the construction can’t be readily seen, you may be required to arrange an inspection by a licensed California engineer or architect. It’s likely that at some point in the future, someone will want proof that your building complies with local building codes, so there’s no time like the present to take action.

For further information, visit the Elk Grove Building Safety and Inspection Services staff at 8401 Laguna Palms Way, or on the website at www.elkgrovecity.org/building-permits, or call 478-2235.