When builders or land development companies want to build structures on land, they must apply to the city for a building permit (if you are unsure a permit is needed for your project, please call us or stop by City Hall and ask). Once the city has issued the permit, an inspector, or group of inspectors, is assigned to oversee construction of the building. Usually, the inspectors visit the site as each phase of construction is completed. Before construction begins, inspectors look at the plans for the building and decide whether they meet local zoning regulations. They check that the building is an appropriate height and that the type of building is suitable for the area. They also decide whether the plans meet the engineering and environmental demands of the building site.