What is the normal process of getting a building permit?
Each project is unique, but most follow the normal process:
- Get your idea.
- Have the plans drawn up.
- Hire your contractors and sign a contract. Remember that all contractors who work in Riverside must be licensed with us.
- Apply for the building permit, and submit all plans and documents necessary.
- Village staff reviews the plans and contacts you for any necessary modifications.
- Village staff verifies all contractors are licensed and up to date.
- Permit is issued, picked up and paid for. You must display the permit card in a front window while the work is being done.
- Schedule inspections as required during the building phase.
- When the work is completed, schedule the final inspections.
- Issue a Certificate of Occupancy if required.

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. Are there exceptions for when I need a permit?
3. How do I apply for a permit?
4. Who should apply for a permit - the owner or contractor?
5. I’m doing the work myself. Do I still need a permit?
6. What if my relative is going to help me do a job?
7. What happens if I don’t get a permit?
8. Does the Community Development Department recommend contractors?
9. Does the Community Development Department have a list of contractors that I can view?
10. How does a contractor get licensed?
11. How long does it take to get a permit?
12. How far in advance should I apply for a permit?
13. How much does a permit cost, and when do I pay for it?
14. How long are permits valid for?
15. What are construction hours?
16. Are inspections required?
17. What do I do when my job is complete?
18. What is the normal process of getting a building permit?
19. Which building codes does the Village enforce?
20. What are the requirements for different types of projects?