Metal buildings, like most other building projects, usually require building permits which legally approve drawings and specifications for construction. Permits are normally required for new buildings, additions to buildings, renovations, electrical, plumbing and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. Before a building is even commissioned a call should be made to the local building department where code officials are available to assist with queries and provide information.
Building permits are beneficial for the following reasons:
Safety: Code guidelines make sure that buildings adhere to public health and safety regulations reducing the number of potential safety hazards.
Good Investment: Building permits ensure structures comply with all local codes and regulations acting as an official stamp of approval from the local authorities. Many insurers will not offer cover for buildings without a permit and it would be almost impossible to sell. Additions constructed without permits may need to be torn down or have expensive repairs before the entire building can be sold.
Protection: In the case of a lawsuit involving a property, code officials can offer strong support if the building complies to codes and specifications.
The first step in obtaining a building permit is to call the building department to discuss
Obtaining a building permit:
Call the local building department. A code official will be able to provide information on building codes, specification requirements and resources as well as giving advice on individual projects.
Submitting an application requires documents specifying all aspects of the project including drawings. Metal building manufacturers normally supply all documentation required for building permit application. A separate permit may be needed for any electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Code officials are able to provide solutions to any problems that may arise due to non-compliance.
When a permit is granted construction is legally permitted to begin and a fee is collected based on the size of a project.
During construction inspections are carried out to make sure codes and regulations are being followed. A code official is normally always available to provide advice and arrange inspections.
One last inspection is carried out and if code compliance is satisfied, a permit is received.