Building Permits

(Terrill Ewald, CPI, MD# 31310) #1

How does one go about finding out if a building permit was pulled? I’ve been on the states .gov site but no luck a lot of info on how to apply for one. Do I need special access to search/see permits? I recommend to my client to inquire about permits but not sure how easy they are to find.

(Russel Ray) #2

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How does one go about finding out if a building permit was pulled? I’ve been on the states .gov site but no luck a lot of info on how to apply for one. Do I need special access to search/see permits? I recommend to my client to inquire about permits but not sure how easy they are to find.
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Here in San Diego one can apply for a permit only but one cannot search for past permits to see who got them or for what properties. One has to go down to the building department for that information.

(Nick Gromicko, CMI) #3

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I’ve been on the states .gov site but no luck
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Building permits are issued by the county, not the state. No?

(Jeffrey R. Wicklander) #4

Depends in what area you are located. Most are issued by township/city. If it's unicorporated, than it's the county.

Jeff

(Terrill Ewald, CPI, MD# 31310) #5

sorry, I meant county.gov site

(Jeffrey R. Pope, CMI) #6

Our city has an online permit record search showing all permit activity post 1998. Simply type in the property address. Anything pre-1998 requires a visit to the local Building & Safety Department.

(ldapkus1) #7

[quote="jwicklander, post:4, topic:79135"]

Depends in what area you are located. Most are issued by township/city. If it's unicorporated, than it's the county.

Jeff
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The City of Chicago has theirs available here.