Should I hire a design professional?

Drawings, Permits & Construction
Can a homeowner prepare the drawings, obtain a building permit, and construct a house or addition, without consulting an architect / engineer / contractor?
  • There are provisions in the Building Code for construction of simple 1-story buildings without the assistance of plans designed by an architect or engineer.
  • Homeowners can obtain permits and undertake construction themselves once plans are approved by the City however it is advisable for homeowners to work with a licensed contractor during the construction phase of the project.
  • Any work exceeding $500 in labor and materials is required to be done by a licensed contractor unless solely done by the homeowner.
  • Always hire a licensed contractor and request his or her license number. You can contact various State agencies to obtain information.
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