It is important to be aware that the only way you, the homeowner, can be certain that the contractor is following building codes and is providing the best quality of materials and workmanship, is by applying for a building permit. When applying for a building permit, an inspector will be sent to the job site after each stage of construction and will verify whether or not the contractor is following proper building codes. If something is not done according to those codes, the inspection will not pass and the contractor will have to remedy the problem(s) in a timely manner.
Building Without a Permit is Against the Law
It is your personal responsibility, as the homeowner, to ensure that a building permit is obtained before you start construction on your home. Building without a permit is against the law and could result in you and/or your contractor being subject to fines or penalties as set out in the Building Code Act.
By not obtaining a building permit, you also risk having your insurance coverage canceled if the cause of any fire or water damage to your home would be the direct result of poor workmanship that did not meet the requirements of proper building codes. And how can you then prove to the insurance company that the contractor actually followed building codes? – You can’t. The only way you would be able to prove that the basement has been finished according to proper building codes is by having the inspector’s final approval. In reality, it is important to have a building permit for your own protection.
Our quality of work will not differ whether you apply for a permit or not. We are committed to providing high quality workmanship no matter what.
As stated above, we will not refuse to take on a project even if you choose not to obtain a building permit. Our company takes pride in following building codes at all times, whether a permit has been obtained or not because we will “do it right, or not do it at all”. However, we will not take responsibility for any penalties incurred because of the choice the homeowner made. When it comes down to it, the decision is not ours, but yours.
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