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Building permits and zoning

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A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding onto pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes. Failure to obtain a permit can result in significant fines and penalties, and even demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code.


Some ways to make the process of requesting permits to expand one's household or to develop a new project more transparent could include:

  • Forms available online
  • Rules for submitting the forms
  • Associated costs
  • Building codes for the municipality
  • Example of proactively disclosed building permits and zoning information: Anderson County, SC

Also recommended

  • Online tracking of your permit status

See also