# Building Permits for Steel Buildings – Permit Studio ![](https://i.imgur.com/SButaLY.jpg) Many people believe that creating a small building or shed by hand does not require you to have a permit for the build. I would advice caution as to that belief is false. Even if the storage shed is as small as 5x7 foot a permit is still required. If deciding to still continue the build, rather than purchasing from a quality shed manufacturer, it is strongly advised that you obtain at first the codes that you have to abide by as well as a community building inspector to inspect your work. ## Did you know about Permit Studio? They are consultants with the goal of helping their clients obtain building permits fast and easy. At **[Permit Studio](https://www.permitstudio.com/)**, they pride on building positive relationships with both their clients and city officials. From their first meeting, you’ll know that you can trust them to provide you with superior service. You can further count them to send you regular updates to keep you informed about the progress of your application. There have been several times where the structure was just not up to par, of course without an inspector checking it, and was either blown over by a strong wind, sank to the ground, or a collapse of the roof happened when someone was inside. Here are some thoughts before deciding to build that small building or shed to house your expensive RV or asset. If you have ever looked at a code book online or offline you can easily see right away, as you open up the document, that there is a lot to abide by. There are tons of sections relating to the mechanical, electrical, etc. That have to be read before the planning stages. Once you have read over the hundreds of documents and after careful planning of how you are going to build your small shed you then still have to send it into your town officials to get approval. It could take weeks to get your proposed building site approved by them and those weeks would dramatically delay your project even more. These officials are not to inspect the codes but are needed to help ensure that your proposed building site will not be standing on anything of importance such as hazards or on your neighbor's property line. ## Building Permits Chicago Do you need any **[building permits Chicago](https://www.permitstudio.com/chicago-building-permits)** for a residential or commercial project? The submittal process can often be confusing from changing requirements and conflicting information. This is where Permit Studio can help. From the Easy Permit or more complex permits, Permit Studio is here to help. Obtaining building permits Chicago is vital for any renovation or remodeling project that can change the look or structure of a building. These permits are important for contractors, and we are here to provide you with anything that you may need when it comes to applying, checking the status of the permit, and keeping any permit up to date. Leave the small building or shed construction up to the professionals and let them worry about abiding by the codes while designing it. There are tons of small Steel Buildings that you can purchase from manufactures that don't need any assembly at all and can be just dropped in place to wherever you want it. If you were to build a shed without getting a permit it could lead to your community making you move the shed or even tear is down completely. Think of all that hard work you put into it making it the way you want it but then later to find out the lighting inside was wired wrong or the structure was not good for anything over 40 mph winds. The codes are there to help and guide you, not to prevent you from building what you want. ## Building Code - Safe and Boring Houses for Everyone Whether you know it or not, most areas in Canada require a permit for new construction and structural repairs. Curiously, as builders and restorers, we've found that the first question that comes up in a discussion of building permits with homeowners is not the cost of, or necessity for, a permit. It is, instead, whether homeowners agree with the process of obtaining a permit for work taking place on their own homes. There is a lot of philosophical thinking at play behind this question. Ideas about property rights, and individual versus social rights take place. And beneath the typical position evidenced by most homeowners (and people in general) to find a balance between personal needs and social obligations, when it comes to work on "The Castle," a powerful sense of anarchy reigns. Sure, most of us agree to share by the great unwritten social contract public spaces like roads and parks, but surely our personal spaces should be beyond the reach of any authority besides our own. In a word, "No." We take the position that the interest building authorities in Canada (and there are now more of them than ever) have in your home is a good thing, but this is not without some reservation. The crux of the question is this: building authorities assume that people that build, wire, plumb, fix or otherwise create buildings and their systems are not born with a knowledge of good building practice. They do, however, assume that sound building can be learned, and regulations such as those proposed by Canada's National Building Code (NBC) provide guidelines for good building, albeit a theoretical version. So here is the "good thing" part about such guidelines. Let's assume you want to build a conventional frame home. This typically means some sort of foundation topped by a bunch of wood and a roof. Well, thanks to the designers and builders of yesteryear, that "bunch of wood" made up of plates, studs, joists and rafters is not only an excellent building system, but it is a method deeply entrenched in the NBC. It has been much tested in the real world. Stick with it, and as far as the structural elements of your project goes, you won't go far wrong. In fact, conventional-frame building is so tried and true tested that even as it fails due to rot damage or imperfect use of desired techniques, the many connections inherent typically create a sound structure despite imperfections. This is why conventional wood-frame technology is imported in areas that have not used it traditionally. It makes for stable structures. Of course, the NBC guidelines cover much more than the building frame example discussed here, but we make the assumption that guidelines like these are in place for the purpose of ensuring buildings are safe and useable, and for the most part, believe this to be true. So what about our reservations about enforced building codes, that anarchic resistance to building authorities telling us how our hallowed homes are to be built or repaired. The first is this: let's assume you as a builder have a natural gift for building, or even a great deal of experience, and simply know how building loads can be brought from roof to ground in a safe, usable, durable way. Well, chances are that you will still need a building permit, and your fine work must still be inspected for code adherence, perhaps by someone with a fraction of your gift for building. You might not even mind having someone over who also possesses building knowledge and has a deep interest in building like yourself. Together, you could analyse your project, and share in the pleasure of great building. Heck, even the best of engineers check each others work, so perhaps your site inspector would enjoy having you at his or her home to help make sure everything there is in order. Assuming such a pleasurable, supportive dialogue exists in the interests of good building, the only real problem might be that you'll be paying for your permit. **[Discover more](https://www.permitstudio.com/)**