What is the purpose of building codes and permits?
Building codes establish minimum requirements for buildings that safeguard the public health and safety. Permits are the official recognition that the building has met the standards of the building codes. While building codes cover a number of areas, some of the most important purposes are to ensure that:
  • Buildings are strong, stable and structurally sound
  • There are enough exits and that they are accessible in case of an emergency
  • Sanitation systems work correctly
  • There is enough light and healthy air in the building
  • Life and property are safe from fire and other hazards
  • Firefighters and other emergency responders will be able to access the building and provide help during emergencies

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1. What is the purpose of building codes and permits?
2. What codes apply to my project?
3. Is there any work I can do on commercial property without a permit?
4. How do I get a permit for work that’s already been done?
5. Can I prepare my own plans?
6. How detailed do the plans need to be?
7. Who can apply for a permit?
8. What are my permit fees going to be?
9. Do I have to hire a licensed contractor to do the work?
10. What is the local wind speed and snow load?
11. What is Eugene’s seismic zone?
12. Do I need fire sprinklers in my building?
13. What plans can be submitted as deferred submittals?