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  • Can I apply for a permit online?

  • Can I draw my own plans for a tenant improvement?

  • Can I live in my garage?

  • Can I perform work as owner/builder on my commercial property?

  • Do I or my contractor need to be on site for my inspection?

  • How can I find out about current Building Codes?

  • How can I find the permit history for my property?

  • How can I schedule a preconstruction meeting?

  • How can I schedule an overtime inspection?

  • How do I check on the plan review status of my permit?

  • How do I contact a Building Inspector?

  • How do I dispose of my construction debris?

  • How do I dispose of my construction debris?

  • How do I get a building permit?

  • How do I get a permit to have a dumpster on the street for my construction debris?

  • How do I legalize an addition or dwelling unit built without permits?

  • How do I make a complaint?

  • How do I schedule a building inspection?

  • How do I schedule a One-Stop appointment?

  • How long I can park my RV at my house?

  • How many animals may I have at my property?

  • How many cars can be parked in front of my house?

  • How many people are allowed to live in one house?

  • I don't have room on site to place a dumpster for construction debris. What else can I do?

  • I'm doing a bathroom remodel and replacing my bathtub with a shower. What are the requirements for a new shower?

  • I'm planning an addition and remodel on my house. Will I be required to install fire sprinklers?

  • Is weekend work allowed? What are the normal construction hours?

  • What are the top 5 complaints?

  • What do I do if my permit expires?

  • What do I do with my permit once it's issued?

  • What do I need to install an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on my property?

  • What do I need to provide on my plans for a solar permit?

  • What is an RFI? Does it need to be submitted and reviewed?

  • What is the fastest way to get a solar permit?

  • What is the maximum window U-factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)?

  • What plans and permit records are available for my property?

  • What will happen if I park my dumpster in the street?

  • When does my permit expire?

  • When is a building permit required?

  • Who do I call about smoking ban violations?

  • Who do I contact if my landlord will not offer a one-year lease?

  • Who do I contact to report abandoned vehicles on the street?

  • Who do I contact to report illegal construction?

  • Who owns a permit?