This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
The focus of this post is building permits. That bureaucratic step no one likes going through and sometimes feels is a waste of both time and money.
Trust me, they’re not.
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In Oct of 1989 there was a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in which 63 people were killed, about 3,700 were injured, and somewhere between 3,000 and 12,000 were left homeless.
In Jan of 2010 there was a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in which somewhere between 100,000 and 159,000 were killed, about 300,000 injured, and about 1.3 million people became homeless.
The difference? Permits? Not exactly.
The difference was building codes. Permits is merely the mechanism whereby building codes are enforced.
In the San Francisco Bay Area the building codes are very strict. In Haiti the building codes were significantly less strict.
As a result, the buildings built in the San Francisco Bay Area were much more capable of withstanding the power of what was for all practical purposes an earthquake of equivalent power.
Having said this I intentionally chose a dramatic example to make a point. There are many other safety aspects of permits:
- The distribution of natural gas must be done in a safe manner.
- Electrical distribution and circuits must be done in a way not to cause fires.
- Electricity near water requires life saving GFCI devices.
- Building framing and sheathing must be sufficiently strong to withstand severe weather.
- Etc, etc.
The whole purpose of building codes, and of building permits is public safety, and they serve that purpose very well. Permit fees are the price we pay for safer buildings.
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