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BUILDING PERMIT RECORDS


A construction permit, also called a building permit or a repair permit is a lawful formality required in most U.S. jurisdictions for new or expanded construction, or adding onto pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Property owners who do any essential remodeling or adding other improvements to their real properties, such as decks, pools or retaining walls, almost always are required to apply for a building permit.

Unlike real estate property records, building permit report relates to an actual structure – in a way it reaches inside a structure.

In theory the safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes and zoning compliances. An argument is often made as to why one needs to pay for a permit to build or add onto something on person's own property? The compelling reason for requiring and insisting on building permits, even for jobs done by a licensed contractor, is that if a structure is substandard or the workmanship is subpar, it usually inconveniences neighbors and others in surrounding areas and could lead to serious problems. Building permits are one of the ways for a municipality to regulate construction to ensure that everything is safe and in compliance with local laws and regulations. Normally, the new construction must be inspected during the course of construction (not to be confused with 'Builders Risk' – a term used in insurance industry) and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes. Failure to obtain a proper permit is punishable; it can result in hefty fines and penalties, and even demolition of unauthorized construction, if for whatever reason it cannot be made to meet codes. Property owners may need to create plans to submit to the local permitting authority, make a plot plan for their property showing the improvements, and describe the type of construction they will be using.

Most cities across the U.S. have adopted several codes, among them the Uniform Building, Mechanical and Plumbing, National Electrical codes, etc. In addition to city codes, certain federal, state and local laws that govern construction, such as regulations covering energy conservation, must also be taken into consideration.

There are several different categories of permit records based on the type of construction: structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and combination (used for single-family home construction and other undersized projects). Most projects embarked on by homeowners require a combination permit. In addition, the entire demolition and/or relocation of buildings also require permits.

The logic behind the Building Permit History Report: to provide an instant online retrieval of building permit records available on a subject property. In addition to new constructions, accompanying records may also include recent and previous remodeling or other improvements requiring permits. This report is included in all of our Subscription Plans, but it is not offered on its own and cannot be purchased independently – it is only sold as a supplemental purchase from already obtained property reports.

Types of Properties covered: residential, commercial, industrial, all most other available types of Real Estate Properties that have, or may have had, or have been applied to have a permitted structure. Unlike property records, due to data acquisition factors, we charge a higher fee for Commercial property permit records vs. Residential property permit records.

Accessibility: HomeInfoMax developed the Building Permit History Report through collaboration with BuildFax – the largest source of digital permit data in the U.S. At this time clients have access to more than 30 million building permit records covering over 11 million properties in more than 1,600 local jurisdictions. Being the leading repository of building permit records in the country, BuildFax not only continually collects and manages building department records from several thousand municipal governments; it also updates the databases and assures the access to the newest possible records.

Unlike real estate properly records, building permits are not as widely available – in fact some municipalities and jurisdictions, even in urbanized areas do not offer building permit records in a digital format at this time. Before your report purchase is finalized, the system will validate the presence of a permit data. Upon your approval, your order will be processed and the available data will be displayed.

Contents of Building Permit History Report: various permit records including current and historical information on possible permits such as: Plumbing, Electrical, Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC), Building Additions, Grading, and other alterations and repairs. Building Permit report also may include Non-Building permits on a real property. The summary of Permit Records with Issued Date, Permit Type, Valuation, and Permit Number, as well as the Jurisdiction Information are also a part of a this report.

Provided Permit Data: most records contain, in chronological order: Applied and Issued Dates, Completed and Closed Date, Permit Number and Permit Type, Proposed Use, Valuation, Contractor's Name and Location, Extended Work Description and other information such as Status, and Work and Permit Class. Please review the sample of a Building Permit History Report.

Please note: not all permit records may be available in all areas, even in covered jurisdictions. Also not all reports contain the complete or the most recent information. Permit reports are compiled from local public sources and provided "as is" – none of this data has been verified and any possible partial or inaccurate portions of the report are not a subject for a refund.
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