Dictionary of Construction Terminology


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A governmental municipal authorization to perform a building process as in:
  • Zoning/Use permit - Authorization to use a property for a specific use e.g. a garage, a single family residence etc.
  • Demolition permit - Authorization to tear down and remove an existing structure.
  • Grading permit - Authorization to change the contour of the land.
  • Septic permit - A health department authorization to build or modify a septic system.
  • Building permit - Authorization to build or modify a structure.
  • Electrical permit - A separate permit required for most electrical work.
  • Plumbing permit - A separate permit required for new plumbing and larger modifications of existing plumbing systems.