Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tip #5: Permits, Approvals, and Inspections

In Baltimore County you can view scheduled and completed inspections online.  So I'm able to see what inspections have been scheduled, and what the result is.  We're set to start framing on Thursday, and so far three inspections have been completed.  Each inspection passed.  But this is great for me, as I like to be in the loop with as much as possible.

It's important to know that all these inspections lead up to the most important part of the process for the builder, which is to be approved for the 'Occupancy and Use Permit.'  Which basically means its now a legal residence, and they can then sell it as a house ready to be lived in. 

Also note, that these permits are for code compliance.  So inspectors are looking to see if work done complies with local codes.  This differs from what a home inspector would look for.  As they look at many things including safety items, quality of construction methods, ect.

For those in Baltimore County, you can also view your permits online.  You'll only need the link, which I'm providing, and your permit number.  That can be found on your Master Selection Sheet.

Lastly, to learn more about building codes, you can always check out a Building Code Guide, like one from Dewalt, shown in picture.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your new home and thanks for all the tips and comments that you are providing. I thought i went through each aspect of the construction in detail ...but reading from you blog, it gives more info that i have never thought so far...When is your closing date?