This is a question I get a lot! It is usually accompanied with a bit of hostility. With all the regulations and restrictions, one would wonder if the process of obtaining a permit is really that important. After all, “My great, great grandpa built his two room log home without filing for a permit . . . Why can’t I?”
What has changed from grandpa’s time is that building practices have improved (believe it or not!) No longer is it common practice to build a building and call it a highly successful structure if it doesn’t collapse. Or wait for a building to fall down during construction to determine that there is a problem with certain construction practices.
The permit process is a way to ensure that the quality of construction is exceptional and correct. The municipality issuing the permit employs qualified and highly trained individuals who inspect the building during each phase of construction. These third party advocates inspect for code compliance and quality of construction.
So, unlike grandpa of old, with his “pretty sure” assurances, you can be certain that, once your project is complete, and all inspections have passed, your home will be a place that will capture many memories you can pass along to your grandchildren, proving your permit will have been a worthwhile investment to have made.