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Permits Are a Privilege

Often times the importance of acquiring a construction permit is understated and overlooked. In actuality, the building permit is a legal document or license that grants permission to begin construction. Without a permit construction might not meet the area building code standards that are safeguards adopted to assure important safety requirements and environmental standards are met.

The review process involved in granting a permit covers all necessary documentation from which a statement is issued that a construction project has met building code mandates. Careful attention is given to zoning compliance for permissible distances from thoroughfares and appropriate lot coverage to the proper installation of heaters and fireplaces. Without a permit, or operating with a permit that does not apply to work under way, a stop-work order can be issued. In the same way a driver's license is a privilege, so is a building permit. Permits can be revoked at any time.

Not only are building permits necessary for public and residential safety, they also can prevent the parties involved in construction from potential liabilities and insurance issues.


Richard A. Piccolo is president of B & F Technical Code Services, Inc. With more than 30 years in the building code and fire industry, Mr. Piccolo is a Master Code Professional, a Certified Building Official, a Certified Fire Official, a Certified Property Maintenance Inspector, a Certified Building Inspector, a Certified Plans Examiner, an Illinois Certified Fire Inspector and a Certified Firefighter III. He has helped write building and fire codes for the state of Illinois as well as a number of municipalities.
B & F Technical Code Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 957648
2401 W. Hassell Road., Suite 1550
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
  Phone: (847) 490-1443
  Toll-Free (800) 232-5523
  Fax: (847) 490-1476