Why are permits required?
Permits are the way the city of Hastings regulates construction, this is designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe and secure for all residents. The safety of the occupants of buildings is the primary reason for having construction codes, including the City of Hastings specific codes. In addition, there are federal, state, and local laws that govern construction, such as those covering energy conservation.
There are several different types of permits based on the type of construction: structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical,and combination (used for single-family home construction and other small projects). Most home owner projects require a combination permit. In addition, the complete demolition and relocation of buildings also requires permits.
Obtaining the permit is just the first step in the process. In this step, you may need to create plans to submit to the department, make a plot plan for your property showing the improvements, and show the type of construction you’ll be using. You may come down to City Hall and pick-up specific handouts that we have available to assist you through all of our permit phases and processes.
Once plans are approved, you’re required to build the project to those plans. If any changes are made to the plans, they must be made with the city’s approval. Your second step is the inspection of the work. Your last step is the approval and completion of the work.
Where do I get a permit?
Construction permits are issued by Professional Code Inspections at 110 W. Center St. in Hastings, or you can call us at 269-948-4088.
Like construction permits, Permanent Sign permits are available through the PCI Hastings office.
What happens if I don’t get a permit?
If a permit is not obtained before construction, you have violated city codes and regulations; you’ll be subject to fines and penalties. You’ll be required to obtain permits for the work and it must pass inspection or you’ll have to return the structure or site to its original condition. Remember, our City created construction permits for your safety and the safety of other residents. The City of Hastings Neighborhood Code Compliance Department enforces codes on already-built structures.