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Posted on: October 29, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Community Gathering: Building In Madison

Are you exploring the possibility of building an addition onto your existing home, maybe doing some interior alterations or how about adding a detached garage, a new deck, tool shed or maybe you have decided to build a new home? Do you feel capable of taking on this project yourself or are you considering hiring someone to do the work for you? Whatever the building project or whoever does the work, there are some things you really need to know about building in the City of Madison and you probably have a lot of questions such as:

Do I need a building permit?

If I need a permit, how do I apply and where do I go?

What forms do I need to complete when applying for a building permit and what documentation do I need to submit?

Should I do the work myself or hire a contractor?

If I perform the work and hire my own plumbers, electricians, etc. to do the subcontract work, what licenses are they required to have?

What are my responsibilities as an owner who builds their own home?

How do I check the contractor's references?

Do I need a written contract?

What building codes are enforced within the City of Madison?

Are inspections performed during construction and what types of inspections are needed?

What should I do if a contractor fails to perform the work or fulfill the contract agreement?

What is a Certificate of Occupancy and why do I need one?

If you have asked yourself any of these questions and need answers, then you might want to attend our FREE Building In Madison community program to be held November 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM in the PEB Conference Room located on the lower level of the City Hall building. Class size is limited to 25 persons so hurry and register by calling (256) 772-5635 or by emailing

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