why do I need a building permit?

All commercial projects built in the United States are required to obtain building permits from the local building department prior to construction.​ This permitting process can be the most frustrating part of the design and construction process, as neither you, the architect or the general contractor has control over the timelines of the agencies reviewing your project.


Even with that sobering news, starting construction without the proper permits can lead to an even bigger mess. You can be fined and your construction put on hold until the permits are obtained. Below are different ways to get your permits depending on your particular situation and the amount of time you can personally invest in it. Let us do it all for you or be brave and do it yourself.