Why would a contractor tell me I don’t need a Building Permit when one is actually required?
In some cases, contractors or handymen advise against obtaining permits because they feel that the process would delay the project because plans must be plan checked and approved, and inspections must occur at specific points during a project. Other contractors or handymen are not licensed to do the work they are being hired to complete, and therefore could not obtain building permits for the work. The City of RSM works hard to ensure that projects are reviewed and inspected in a convenient and timely manner. The City has much shorter turnaround times than many other jurisdictions. Plan Check review times are 10 days or less and ensure that a project will be constructed in accordance with current Building Codes for the safety of the household. Inspections are performed Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Inspection requests received after 6:00 a.m. will be inspected on the following business day.

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. Why is a Building Permit required?
3. Are any projects exempt from a Building Permit?
4. How do I get a Building Permit?
5. How much does a Building Permit cost?
6. Where do I get a Building Permit?
7. What is a Building Inspection?
8. How do I schedule a Building Inspection?
9. How do I know if my contractor is licensed?
10. How long is the plan check process?
11. What is my plan check status?
12. When does a Building Permit expire?
13. Where is the Building Department located and what are the hours?
14. Why do I need a permit to replace a water heater?
15. Can I use an existing slab when I'm building my new patio cover?
16. Do I need Energy Efficient lighting in my kitchen remodel?
17. Can we build a storage shed in our backyard?
18. Are Building Permits required for a retaining wall?
19. Does the City have sample plans to help me design my project?
20. What are the benefits to obtaining a Building Permit?
21. Why would a contractor tell me I don’t need a Building Permit when one is actually required?