Do You Need A Permit?

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“Obtaining the proper building permit protects you, your horses and your equity. It's time to add to or upgrade your horse facilities. Many people at this crossroad wrestle with whether they should obtain a permit for their project. You may ask yourself, "Why should I have to get a permit to build on my own property?" Certainly, it's tempting to not expend the effort to get a building permit. Obtaining the proper permit can be an arduous process filled with frustration, unknowns, and delays - but skipping the permit can be a mistake many people later regret. There is truth to many common perceptions about building permits. In addition to delays, the permit process can put limits on your building design and location, impact your property tax assessment, and cause significant fees and other costs.

“Why Get Permits? There are, however, many reasons to obtain the required building permit(s)and inspections for your construction project:

• It's the law City and/or county ordinances require work to have a permit. Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.
• Helps protect property value - If your project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced.
• Protects you in insurance claims - Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
• Ensures a successfulfuture sale - If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs. Also, many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection.
• Improves safety -By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or your horses.
• Licensed Contractors - By law, a licensed reputable contractor requires that permits are in place. How do I know whether I need a permit? Building permits are generally required for any barn structure over 120 square feet. Many owners may also have to obtain approvals from homeowner associations or are subject to other restrictive covenants.

Use a Permit Service While the permit process may seem overwhelming, you can hire a specialist that can help you secure the required permits. A professional in this field should know the local process and requirements which will save you from having to go through the learning curve.