Most jurisdictions have laws setting standards that must be met before a building can be constructed and approved for occupation. This article gives you an overview of some of the approvals/permits that you may need to receive from the municipal authorities before you can occupy the new home that you plan to build.
The Building Permit
Different jurisdictions may have a different name for this permit. However, the common denominator is that you must submit the architectural drawings of the home you intend to build so that the authorities confirm that the home was designed in accordance with existing laws. For instance, the municipal authorities may wish to confirm that the home will be constructed at the appropriate distance from the property line so that utility lines are not impeded by the placement of the home. Your homebuilder can take care of getting this permit. Alternatively, you can go through the process of getting this approval yourself.
These may be needed after a given phase of the construction process has been completed. For instance, you may need to have the skeleton of the house (foundation, walls and roof support system) inspected before subsequent phases of the project continue. The inspectors from a company like Thomas Independent Certification will check the structure to ensure that the building contractor used the required building materials in the recommended way as set out in the building codes of your area.
The authorities give this final approval once a new home has been completed. The permit confirms that the home has been inspected and it has been found to be in compliance with all the regulations currently in force. This permit is important to the homeowner because he or she may lack the technical expertise to evaluate how well the new home conforms to the set guidelines regulating the building process. The permit provides assurance that the project was conducted in accordance with the designs provided.
Building approvals are very important because they have an impact on several legal issues affecting the home. For instance, you may find it hard to get insurance cover for a home that doesn’t have building approval. It may also be difficult to get financing for the construction if municipal approval for the project has not been obtained. It is therefore very important for you to obtain building approval for your new home so that you do not run into unnecessary safety or regulatory complications in future. Talk to your contractor so that you understand the specific building regulations governing your area before you embark on the construction project.