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The Building Department Code Enforcement may inspect the job for safety, zoning compliance, sound construction, and code compliance. Building codes and building permits help protect the health, safety, and general welfare of residents of the community.
In addition, building permits are issued to make sure that the contractor doing the work is insured and bonded, and that the work is done according to code as well as in a professional manner.
A permit must be obtained prior to starting any construction, alteration, addition, removal, demolition or restoration of any building or structure or its service equipment.
We have compiled list of typical projects that require a permit. This list is not all-inclusive so please check with the Building Department to see if your project requires a permit.
Fines for doing work without a permit can be up to $750.
A permit is valid for 6 months from the date of issuance.
The cost of a permit is based on the cost of the work and approval of the Building Department; for more information contact the Building Department at 708-755-1880 ext. 112.