Why do I need a permit?
Very simply, "for your own protection." A permit guarantees the work will be inspected by the city. The inspector may discover shoddy work, faulty materials, deviations from approved plans, and violations of the code that may result in unsafe or hazardous conditions for you and your family. It is a violation of city ordinance not to have a permit when the work being performed requires one to be issued. Failure to obtain the necessary permits may result in prosecution with a fine of up to $500 plus court costs.

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