Can homeowners pull building permits?
Yes, with certain criteria and restrictions being met. Homeowners are in essence acting as their own contractor and must directly supervise all work on the project. They are also responsible for the coverage of taxes and insurance on individuals working on their property. The address of the property must be the primary residence of the owner and it can not be for sale or lease. You are responsible for hiring licensed contractors to do your construction work, except when you are a contractor yourself or you are the property owner doing the work yourself. We do not encourage the issuance of homeowner permits for electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems for safety reasons. We prefer that homeowners hire licensed contractors for this type work. You must hire licensed contractors.