Why do I need a permit?

The City of West Fargo’s building code requires building permits to be obtained before doing certain types of construction for all existing structures, all new residential and commercial construction, and remodeling. Building permits allow the City to review all construction projects and ensure they meet the minimum requirements of the City of West Fargo's Building Code and Zoning requirements. A building permit also establishes a record of the construction and remodeling history of your property. Once the permits have been issued the building department will conduct onsite inspections to help ensure compliance to the building code.


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1. When do I need a permit?
2. When don't I need a permit?
3. Why do I need a permit?
4. Who inspects the work?
5. Where do I go to get my permits?
6. What information should I provide when applying for a permit?
7. How long does it take to get a permit?
8. Is there a charge for a permit?
9. How can I get more information?