Step 4: Permits and Inspections


Submit applications for any permits your business will need, including sign, plumbing, gas, electrical, and fire prevention. When building-permit plans are submitted for a larger project, like a restaurant, the plans are circulated to appropriate departments for review and approval. However, each department has a separate process and code requirements, so be sure you become familiar with each.

If your business requires a permit from the Health Department, the Health Department will notify the Building Inspector’s office when the review is complete and the plans are approved.  


During construction, multiple inspections are required. Most of these are detailed on your building permit and the inspector will initial the permit card as each inspection is completed. If you are preparing food, an inspection must be scheduled with the Health Inspector prior to your anticipated opening. 

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