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What Government Entities are Involved in the Construction of a Home?
Category - Home Ownership Questions - Building Your Home FAQ's
Typically, the county Building Department is involved in the construction of your new home. This department is responsible for issuing permits and inspecting all phases of residential and commercial construction including new construction, renovations, additions, and accessory structures. Your builder will apply for the permit for your construction with the local Building Department.

The Building Department inspects details such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing installations. A building permit is typically required for any construction activity except ordinary repair.

A building permit is not required when making changes to an existing home, such as to replace shingles, install siding, paint, replace floor covering or minor repairs for routine maintenance. However, structural changes in roof design may require a permit. Basement finishes and detached storage buildings (garages, barns, et cetera) often do require a building permit.
 
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