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BUILDING CODES AND PERMITS


After you have selected your design and ordered working drawings, you and your builder must go through three steps. If you understand the process, it will help to make building your dream home a pleasant experience.

 

1. Submit your construction drawings to your local building inspector to get a permit to build.

We suggest buying
reproducible masters or CAD files if you are going to build a house. You can use these to make a review copy for the building official. Our designs were drawn to meet the national code. Building codes can vary from region to region due to the specific needs for that area. A home plan to be built in California will need to meet local codes related to earthquakes while a house plan built in Florida along the coast will need to consider local hurricane-related building code requirements. 


Your local building official will review the construction drawings to ensure they meet current local codes. This process may take 10-15 working days depending upon the locality.

After the building official itemizes the changes needed, your builder will probably suggest a local architect or draftsman who can adjust the plan accordingly.

 

2. Pay any fee required so that a building permit can be issued.

This permit allows you and/or your builder to build your house according to your local code requirements. This permit must be displayed at the construction site. It also states how long the permit is valid for construction.


 

3. Get a Certificate of Occupancy (often just called a “C.O.”) when the home has been completed.

The building official inspects the house construction to make sure the house is in livable condition and that local code was followed. Without the approved paperwork, a family cannot legally move into the newly constructed house.

 

Including these steps as part of your building process, along with a bit of patience, will make for a much smoother house-building experience!



 

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