Permits are required when there is new construction to a building or some repair work or alterations to an existing structure, or when a building is to be remodeled, renovated, or enlarged.
"New work" means any new construction, commercial or residential, from vacant ground to a completed new structure. Permits are not needed for cosmetic work such as general maintenance, painting, wallpapering, or carpeting, replacing or adding cabinets, or trim work.
Purpose and Need for Permits
There is often considerable concern about the purpose of and need for building permits. The requirement of building permits is mandated by the adoption by the City of El Mirage of the International Building, Fire, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes and the National Electrical Code.
Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the City of El Mirage, the value of your investment could be reduced. Insurance companies may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or business that has had work completed without permits and inspections, you may be required to remove the work or make costly repairs.
Ensuring Conformity to Adopted Codes
The purpose of permits is to ensure conformity of the adopted codes by allowing qualified city inspectors to investigate and examine the work. Permits are required for repairs or replacement of the parts of a building related to maintenance of structural integrity and systems related to mechanical, electrical, or plumbing.
Some projects may be reviewed and permitted at the front counter. These would be simple projects such as a new fence, water heater replacement, and some patios. More detailed projects will be submitted for review and will take less than 10 working days, depending on the complexity of the project.