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Building

When do I need a building permit?

The following construction projects require a building permit: Sheds, garages, decks, covered patios, patio covers, carports, installation of an egress window, installation of new windows of different size (smaller or larger), basement finish, any structural alteration, new dwellings, building additions, any new building.

Permits are also required for fences, swimming pools that are over 2' deep, building demolition, building moving and sign installations/renovations.

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Can I be my own contractor or build the project myself?

Any property owner or their designee can apply for a building permit and can do the project. No license is required for a building project. However, the help of a professional contractor can often speed up the construction process and avoid unnecessary headaches and delays. All electrical, gas and plumbing work require a licensed master contractor, licensed in the City of Hastings.

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How long does it take to get a building permit?

Usually, it takes about 7 to 10 business days to get a permit once you have made application and paid the application fee.  Larger or more complex projects may take more time to review.

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How much does a building permit cost?

The minimum fee is $30.00, but permit fees are based on the estimated cost of the project, as calculated from the square foot area of the project. The permit fee for a typical new home of about 1500 sq ft, with a three-car attached garage and deck is about $850.00.

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Plumbing

Can I Install my own plumbing on a new house or remodel?

No, it requires a permit.  You need to be a licensed contractor to obtain a permit.

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Electric

Can I install my own electrical and wiring on a new house or remodel?

No, it requires a permit. You need to be a licensed contractor to obtain a permit.

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