Why do I need a permit?
State laws and local ordinances require you to have a permit for any construction project.

These laws are designed to protect public safety and welfare by ensuring a project does not endanger you or the public.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. What happens if I go ahead and build without a permit?
3. I’ve worked on construction projects for a long time. I’m not an amateur and there has never been a problem with my work. Why do I still have to get a permit?
4. With all the construction going on in my jurisdiction, how would I get caught if I don’t get a permit?
5. What powers do the permit offices have to enforce their permitting rules?
6. How are permit fees used? What exactly am I paying for?
7. It's my property. I do not have a mortgage. I do not plan to carry insurance on my structure. Why can't I build whatever I want? Why do I have to get my building inspected?
8. I think my neighbor is building without a permit. What should I do?