|What is a Building Permit?
When Do You Need a Permit?
The Simple Permit Process
Before beginning any project, it is best to contact
the local Code Enforcement office located at City Hall inside the
City Clerk's office to find out if a permit is required.
|Code Enforcement Office - Iola
Requirements and/or fees vary depending on the project.
|What is a Building Permit?
A building permit gives you legal permission
to start construction of a building project in accordance with
approved drawings and specifications.
|When Do You Need a Permit?
The best way to find out if you need a permit
is to call your local building department. Discuss your plans
with the code official before you begin construction to determine
whether you need a permit. If a permit is not needed, the code
official will answer your construction questions and may provide
Permits are usually required for the following:
(bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
(decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
(garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions,
I IVAC systems.
(heating, ventilating and air-conditioning)
In a brief amount of time, the code official
will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance
with the local requirements. If your plans meet these requirements,
a permit is issued. If not, the code official may suggest solutions
to help correct the problem.
Now that you have been approved for a permit,
you have legal permission to start construction. A fee, based
on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the
application, the review and the inspection process. An experienced
code official is available to you should you have any questions
concerning your project. You should consider your code official
as an ally who will help you make your project a success. Normally,
separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and heating
or air-conditioning work.
|Job Site Visits
On-site inspections will be required to make
certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans.
Again, you will have access to the expertise of the code official
to help you with the questions or concerns regarding the project
and to ward off potentially costly mistakes. The code official
will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed
for your project. Usually, a one=or two day notice is needed when
The code official will provide documentation
when construction is complete and code compliance is determined.
You will then have the personal satisfaction of a job done right.
Enjoy your new surroundings wit the peace of mind and the knowledge
that they meet the safety standards in your community.
|The Simple Permit Process
Talk to your local code official
Your code official wants your project to be a success and will
help you avoid potential problems that could cost you time and
money. You will be asked some basic questions - (What are you
planning to do and where?), advised of any requirements and, if
necessary, referred to other departments for their approval. The
code official will provide you with the resources and information
needed for compliance with the applicable building codes. You
will then receive an application for a building permit.
At this stage you will document the "Who,
What, When, Where and How" of the job, along with any sketches
or plans of the proposed work.