How are permit fees used? What exactly am I paying for?

The City Permitting is a revenue neutral program. In other words, the money from your permit fee is only used to cover the operating costs of the program, not to fund any other projects. 

State law requires jurisdictions to conduct all inspections and plan reviews with certified staff. Permit fees cover the costs to administer and house our knowledgeable, certified staff.

All permit fees are reviewed on an annual basis where they could increase or decrease depending on that year’s budget.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. What happens if I go ahead and build without a permit?
3. I’ve worked on construction projects for a long time. I’m not an amateur and there has never been a problem with my work. Why do I still have to get a permit?
4. With all the construction going on in my jurisdiction, how would I get caught if I don’t get a permit?
5. What powers do the permit offices have to enforce their permitting rules?
6. How are permit fees used? What exactly am I paying for?
7. It’s my property. I do not have a mortgage. I do not plan to carry insurance on my structure. Why can’t I build whatever I want? Why do I have to get my building inspected?
8. I think my neighbor is building without a permit. What should I do?