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RE: Building Permits Around the World

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This varies markedly throughout the world.  In some countries, you can build anything anywhere.  Other countries are highly regulated with multiple layers.  That said, it is highly variable in the US.  Each municipality has its own requirements.  

Regards, Harold Sprague


From: xmy978(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Building Permits Around the World
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:47:02 -0700


I have always been curious about building permits process around the globe. And was wondering of some of the engineers outside the US (or may be some US engineers familiar with other countries) can shed some light on the process,




1.       Are they even called permits

2.       Who issues them? (city? State? Independent agency? Fed Gov?)

3.       How much of a pain is it

4.       How long does a basic permit take to obtain

5.       Are fee required? Are they high or low?

6.       When is it required (or not required)

7.       What codes are used

8.       Are plan checks and inspections required and to what extent