Permit

A governmental authorization to perform a building process as in:

  • Zoning\Use permit - authorization to use a property for a specific use e.g. a factory, a single family residence etc.
  • Grading permit - authorization to change the contour of the land.
  • Septic permit - a health dept. authorization to build or modify a septic system.
  • Building permit - authorization to build or modify a structure.
  • Electrical permit - a separate permit required for most electrical work.
  • Plumbing permit - a separate permit required for new plumbing and larger modifications of existing plumbing systems.

See also: Topics: A Field Guide to Bad Home Repair and Remodeling Contracts, Topics: A Building and Remodeling Checklist, Topics: Deck, Q&A: Buying Property and Building Your Own Home