What is a building permit?

A building permit gives an applicant legal permission to “start construction of a building project in accordance with the approved drawings and specifications.” The purpose of the permit is to ensure the building project meets minimum construction, safety, fire and zoning requirements established by the City of Plano and required by the Adopted Building Codes (I-Codes) and International Fire Code. Building permits are reviewed by City staff for compliance with zoning and city code requirements and inspected by the City’s building inspectors for compliance with the Adopted Building Codes.

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1. What is a building permit?
2. What is the value of a permit?
3. When do I need a permit?
4. What projects typically require a building and/or zoning permit?
5. When is a permit not required?
6. What does a permit cost?
7. How does the City make sure people are getting building permits when they are required?
8. How do I know who has an approved building permit and who does not?
9. Whose responsibility is it to see that the building code is followed?
10. How long does it take to get a building permit?
11. Is there a time limit or expiration date on permits?
12. What is the difference between a setback and a utility easement?
13. What are the City’s rules concerning prefabricated metal sheds and carports?
14. What should I look for in a contractor?
15. Who must be licensed?
16. Should I take the permit out for the contractor?
17. If I am having problems with my house (siding rippling, roof leaking, foundation cracking), will the City inspect it and tell me what is wrong?
18. Before I start digging, what do I need to do?