What is the permit process?

Submit the completed application forms along with the appropriate fee. The plans are then reviewed by a Building Plan Checker. Once approved by all Divisions/Departments, a permit is issued. A building permit issued while you wait is called and "Over the Counter Permit". Types of work that can be done over the counter are: - Existing bathroom and kitchen remodels - Repair of existing stucco or siding - Most types of termite repair work - Exterior stair repair - Roof sheathing repair - Replacement of existing windows 

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. When is a permit required?
3. What is exempt from a permit?
4. How do I obtain a building permit?
5. What is the permit process?
6. When are building plans required?
7. How does the plan check process work?
8. How do I get my plans checked or reviewed?
9. Do I need an Engineer or Architect?
10. May I do the work myself?
11. How do I know which materials are approved for construction?
12. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Mechanical Permit
13. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Plumbing Permit?
14. What is an "Over-The-Counter" Electrical Permit?
15. Are there any recycling or waste reduction requirements associated when applying for a building permit?