Construction projects often require permits from the local building department. The type of permit required will depend on the scope and location of the project.
For example, a residential construction project will require a different permit than a commercial construction project. In addition, construction projects in certain areas may be subject to special regulations, such as those governing coastal development or historical preservation. When applying for a permit, the applicant will need to submit plans and other documentation detailing the proposed project. Once the application is reviewed and approved, the building department will issue a permit.
The permit will list any conditions that must be met in order for the project to proceed. Failure to obtain the appropriate permit can result in significant fines or even halted construction. As such, it is important to consult with the local building department before beginning any construction project.