Many of our clients inquire about the necessity of obtaining building permits. Municipalities use building permits to ensure the safety and well being of the residents of a building. All of our work is executed to meet and exceed municipal building code standards. We encourage all of our clients to comply with municipal by-laws. The following lists some of the benefits and potential drawbacks you should consider prior to making your decision.
Benefits of obtaining building permits:
- "Stop Work Orders" will not affect the budget or timeline of a project.
- All work is performed to building code standards.
- Ensures that all work is performed by licensed professionals.
- Ensures that the General Contractor holds a valid business licenses to operate in the municipality.
- Improvements to the property are recognized and reflected in increased property tax assessment value.
- If the building is sold, the buyer will not ask for discounts based on any non-permitted construction work.
Reasons building permits are not obtained:
- Costs and fees associated with permits.
- Additional time required for inspection.
- Inspectors may ask for building upgrades due to non-compliance with current building codes.
- Increase in property tax assessment.
- Lack of awareness of building code regulations and municipal by-laws.
Drawbacks of not obtaining a permit and being issued a stop work order:
- Requirement to draft plans and submit a permit application can significantly delay a project.
- The General Contractor may loose his business license to operate in the municipality.
Building permit costs and penalties:
- Building and sub-trade permit fees.
- Penalties and fines can typically be double the permit fees.
- Site surveying fees.
- Drafting of construction plan.
- Inspectors requiring construction work to be removed or exposed.
- Increases scrutiny by inspectors of existing site conditions.