Most construction projects that change the configuration of walls, wiring, and/or pipes will require a building permit. Regulations vary from city to city. Scout Services has a database with over 7,000 municipalities and their requirements. Our permit specialists work directly with the municipalities to ensure proper permit application compliance upon submittal. Permit regulations are determined by the International Building Code (IBC) along with state, county and city building codes. Electrical, plumbing, roof, mechanical, structural, HVAC, security, solar, signage all require permitting and is dependent on the scope of work.
The building permit process starts with identifying the scope of construction and trades involved. Depending on the construction project, multiple trades may be involved such as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical and permits may need to be pulled for each. Projects are reviewed by city building inspectors and reviewers to ensure compliance with zoning and building codes. In most cases, the presiding jurisdiction reviews the plans and determines the cost of the permit after the permit application has been submitted. Many municipalities publish their building permit fee schedules online. Scout Services can assist with all aspects of obtaining a building permit.