3. Find a general contractor and draw up plans. If changes are being made to plumbing, electrical, sewer/septic, additional permits may be needed. If you’re doing the general contracting yourself, you will need to draw up the specifications yourself.
4. Prepare drawings and schematics and make several copies (the number depends on the requirements of your locality). All drawings must be signed by a licenses architect. (If your changes are minor, this requirement may not be necessary.) If you are using a contractor, the contractor will arrange for the signatures on the drawings and schematics (plumbing, electrical). You may also have to prepare land use and landscaping drawings and a general site plan, depending on the size and complexity of the changes.
If you will need exterior signs, check your locality's restrictions on size and placement before you order the signs. Some locations heavily regulate sign size and placement, while others do not.
How do you get a building permit?
Building permits are simple to obtain. Call your city or town building department or check your town's Web site. If you live in a very rural area, contact the governing body that includes your rural area and find out who you should talk to.
What will you need to provide the code enforcement officer?
It really depends on your municipality. Most towns require you provide a drawing and an estimate of the cost for the work that was going to be done. Your drawing could be a hand sketch or it could be an architectural drawing, depending on the complexity of the project. You may be using a salon designer for this project normally those plans may suffice. The code enforcement officer can provide you with their requirement. Most towns require you to fill out a very simple two-part form. The applicant keeps one part and the code enforcement office keep the second part. The form will include information relevant for the town and a very brief description of your remodeling project and a ballpark estimate of the cost of the project. If you are working with a contractor they may require that you attach a proposal from the said contractor.
Remember, the code enforcement officer is your friend not your enemy. You can call on your town's code enforcement officer anytime, not just when you are building something. They have the knowledge and expertise to help answer many of the remodeling questions you might have. And, their salary is normally paid through your property taxes so it seems like it's free advice. Don't hire an extra consultant. Ask your code enforcement officer first.