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What is a Building Permit?

A "building permit" is a certificate that may have to be obtained from the appropriate municipality by the property owner or contractor before a structure can be erected. It must be posted in a conspicuous place until the job is completed and passed as satisfactory by a municipal building inspector.

Will I Need One?

Building permits are not always required for structures under 110 sq. ft. but if you require one, we will be happy to help you submit the appropriate information. It is your responsibility to check with your local by-law office for the regulations and specifications in your area. To help with this, we have compiled a list of municipal offices by state.

Applying for a Building Permit

You can obtain a permit application from your municipal by-law office. Speak to a staff member if you have questions about the list of requirements you must fulfill in order to receive a building permit. You will likely need to submit a fee, drawings (elevation and material details) and floor plans with your application.

How Summerwood Can Help

All Summerwood structures are engineered to conform to the most rigid building codes. If you require them, generic permit drawings are available for all of our products and styles, and can be faxed or emailed to you upon review of your request. If you are purchasing plans, the plans will serve as a generic permit drawing. Here is a sample set of generic Summerwood permit drawings in PDF format. If your local permit office requests additional documentation or if matters become too technical or confusing, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in meeting their requirements. If necessary, we are also able to provide specific custom permit drawings (a small fee is charged for this service).

Please see our online dimension and elevation drawings for our various cabins and garages to get an idea of what your permit drawings will contain.

What if it Doesn't Meet Code

Our products are built like houses and as such it is rare that an inspector will request any changes. Should a building code in your jurisdiction have certain stipulations, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. In fact, if we are not able to make your structure meet code, we will happily refund your deposit. This has never happened, but it's still nice to know.

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