A building permit is required when any structural change or major alteration is made to an existing building or when any new construction is undertaken. Normal building maintenance does not require a building permit in most instances. Separate permits for plumbing, mechanical and electrical work are also required when applicable.
If you are planning a residential project that involves structural changes to your home, such as building a deck, enclosing a deck, bedroom addition, or adding a stair, you will need a building permit. Commercial projects such as a tenant finish or alteration to an existing building, additions, major landscaping, and demolition of a building also require a building permit.
The permit process ensures that minimum safety standards are met and that construction meets local building and zoning requirements. Make sure you understand the building codes and local ordinances before proceeding with a major improvement project.
The property owner is held responsible for obtaining the building permit.
If the code inspector finds the work in progress without the required permit, the property owner is cited (and not the contractor) for having work done without a permit. This can result in double fees for the permit and/or fines for having work done without a permit.
It is advisable to call the Building Department before starting your work if you are not certain if a permit is required. Remember: Reputable contractors know which jobs require permits in Eagle and they obtain the permits as required.