Why is a building permit required?

The purpose of permitting is to ensure that the minimum code standards are being met to preserve the public's safety, health, and welfare.

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1. What happens if a person does work without a permit?
2. Who is responsible for obtaining a permit?
3. How do I check on the status of my permit?
4. How long will it take to get a building permit?
5. Can you expedite my permit?
6. Are separate permits required? If so, why?
7. Why is a building permit required?
8. What permits are required?
9. What are the fees associated with obtaining a permit?