Permits are the way the city of Fayetteville regulates construction. This is designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe. The safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes. The City of Fayetteville has adopted several codes, among them the International Building, Mechanical and Plumbing, and National Electrical codes. In addition, there are federal, state and local laws that govern construction, such as those covering energy conservation.
There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction: structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical (used for single-family home construction and other small projects). In addition, the complete demolition and relocation of buildings also requires permits.
Obtaining the permit is just the first step in the process. In this step, you may need to create plans to submit to the department, make a plot plan for your property showing the improvements, and show the type of construction you'll be using.
Once plans are approved, you're required to build the project to those plans. If any changes are made to the plans, they must be made with the city's approval.
The second half of the process is the inspection of the work. More about that later.