What is a building permit?

Definition of Building Permit

A building permit is a document from a city’s planning department that provides a homeowner, builder or contractor with official approval to proceed with renovations or construction on a project. It is intended to ensure that the project plans to comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction.

Why is this term important?

Building permits must be clearly displayed while any building, repairs, or restorations are completed. It must remain posted until a municipal building inspector declares the job finished to satisfaction, which is usually completed upon a final inspection.

The process of obtaining a permit is in place to ensure any renovation or construction plans for each individual property comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction. A permit must be in place before construction can be started.

Examples of term

In order to build a new apartment building, or to add an extra building to an existing complex, the contractor on the job must acquire a building permit before starting construction.