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Why building permits matter

Pulling the necessary permits for your construction project is crucial for several reasons:

  • Legal Compliance: Avoid legal issues and ensure your project complies with local building codes and regulations.
  • Safety: Permits ensure that the construction meets safety standards to protect occupants.
  • Resale Value: Properly permitted work can increase the resale value of your home and avoid complications during appraisal.
  • Insurance: Insurance claims may be denied if the work was not properly permitted.
The Risks of unpermitted work

While some contractors may offer to perform work without pulling permits, and some homeowners may choose this route to save time or money, there are significant risks:

  • Fines and Penalties: City jurisdictions are increasingly cracking down on unpermitted work. If discovered, you could face significant fines and be required to pull permits retroactively.
  • Red Tape: A city official may “red tape” your property, halting all work and potentially leading to additional costs and delays.
  • Liability: You could be held liable for any accidents or damages resulting from unpermitted work.
Our Commitment to Compliance

At California Window & Door, Inc., we prioritize compliance with all local building codes and regulations. We handle the permitting process to ensure your project is safe, legal, and meets all necessary standards.

Permit Process Overview

  1. Consultation: We discuss your project and determine the necessary permits.
  2. Application: We prepare and submit all required documentation to the relevant city department.
  3. Review: The city reviews the application and may request additional information or modifications.
  4. Approval: Once approved, we receive the permit and can begin work.
  5. Inspection: City inspectors may visit the site during and after construction to ensure compliance.
  6. Completion: We finalize the project, ensuring all work is up to code and the permit is closed out.
Permits: Frequently Asked Questions

The time frame varies by city and project complexity. It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

Permits are usually required for structural changes, alterations/additions, retrofit (in some jurisdictions), electrical work, plumbing, HVAC installations, and major renovations.

You may be subject to fines, required to halt work, and forced to obtain permits retroactively, which can be more costly and time-consuming.

Yes, homeowners can apply for permits, but we recommend letting our experienced team handle it to ensure all requirements are met.

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