Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?

You can do the work yourself, but you must follow certain regulations, including:

  • Workers Compensation - If you will be hiring anyone, you may have to purchase worker's compensation insurance, which is available from a variety of agencies. If you won't be hiring anyone, we will ask you to sign and "Owner-Builder Statement" to this effect. We can't issue you a permit without the either proof of insurance or the completed "Owner-Builder Statement".
  • Build to the Plans - Be sure to follow your approved plans, whether they are drawn by an architect or designer, or are standard construction requirements given to you by the City. If you change the plans while building the structure, this will cause problems when the project is inspected. If you do decide to make changes, check with the City's plan review staff or your field inspector.

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1. Remodeling or adding improvements to your home?
2. What are permits and why do I need one?
3. When do I need a building permit?
4. When don’t I need a building permit?
5. Where do I get a building permit?
6. What is the cost of a building permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. What about other approvals or permits that may be needed from other government agencies?
9. What if I don’t get a permit?
10. Who should obtain the permit?
11. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
12. Who draws up the plans?
13. What about a contractor?
14. What about inspections?
15. What if I have a permit, but never called for an inspection?