Obtaining a building permit for construction projects is necessary and provides a major layer of the homeowners protection. The most important advantage is that only a licensed contractor can file and obtain a building permit. This alone will assure the homeowner that he is an “good hands” and the construction project will done correctly and will comply with all building codes and local regulation. Of course the homeowner have the option to file the permit as an “owner builder” but than he will not have any protection from the people, usually not licensed, who will do the work for him.
The most frequent question that we get from a homeowner is “how long it takes to obtain the building permit”? The quick answer is: Depends in what Township, City or County the permit will be obtained. Each municipality has its own building department and therefore, the bureaucratic process will vary from place to place.
We at AZ Enclosures and Sunrooms experienced very friendly and consumer oriented building departments that usually process the building permit application within few hours to few days. We also experienced an UN friendly, UN caring and not consumer oriented bureaucrats that prolong the permit process to over 5 weeks or more.
That why it is important to work with an experienced and license contractor, who knows and understand the building permit process in all the municipalities in the state of Arizona.