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Permits for Safety

March 2, 2016

Permits. A necessary evil when doing any project whether it’s residential or commercial, the city requires a permit. But why? Why do we have to go through the trouble of going down-town, find parking (that is usually impossible to find), fill out papers and then pay money to make improvements to your own property! I mean, is it really that necessary? The short answer is yes and well, these days, you can apply for a permit on-line to.

The city has specific codes that anyone, contractor or the common DIYer, must follow to ensure the safety of those who will be anywhere near these changes. Houses, buildings, office space and even bathrooms are built to a certain code. You even need a permit to hang a sign.

Think of it this way. If you hang a sign that sign is not hung to code and it falls on someone, what do you think will happen? Large signs, while made of aluminium, are quite heavy and can injure someone if it happens to fall off its mounting and onto someone.  Not only will there be an injured party there could be potential lawsuits.

What is the point I'm trying to make? Getting a permit can be a hassle and it’s going to cost you extra money but your safety and the safety of others is your responsibility if you are the one making changes, building or hanging anything. Take the time out of your busy schedule and ensure the job is done right the first time to avoid future occurrences.

Apply on-line for your permits here

Remember, be safe.