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In what way is getting a "bygglov" (building permit) in Sweden apparently such a big deal?

I'm a Swede living in Sweden. I've really tried my very best over a long time now trying to figure out what exactly makes getting a "bygglov" (building permit) such a big deal. Because ...
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Do i need a permit to remodel a bathroom and addition of a seperate toilet?

I live in Victoria, Australia, need to know if i would need a permit to remodel an existing bathroom and add an additional toilet seperately in the laundry (with a separate entrance) Thanks for your ...
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Can the foundation for my garden shed be underground?

We are building a garden studio on a sloped ground. I am totally confused in regards to the concrete base. To have an even base we didn't have to dig out ground at the back on the building but the ...
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Internal property change planning documents

I want to get permission to remove the door and window between the house and conservatory having just completed work adding a solid roof (to the conservatory) in order to open up the available space ...
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UK regulations concerning external staircases

We're looking to buy a house which has a newly-built external triple garage, which has an external staircase to a storeroom above the garage. Our plan is to turn this storeroom into an office. What ...
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Plumbing water line and drain schedule

I want to build a detached garage. I submitted plans to the city for a permit and they came back telling me they need to see the "plumbing water line and drain schedule" because I would like to have a ...
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Architect drawing home addition by hand

I am planning to expand master bedroom and hired an architect to draw the plan. What I learnt is that he drew diagram by hand and not using CAD. He is an old guy. But I am wondering if I should be ...
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Are licensed "builders" required to pull permits

Looking into remodeling a basement in a major US city. The basement height is too low to meet code and I have been told that it is extremely unlikely that the city would grant a variance. I have ...
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What does it mean when a property listing says that the county denied for a "conventional" septic system [closed]

I'm interested in buying a plot of land and building something on it. I'll need plumbing and electricity on this plot of land and I think I found a perfect lot for sale, but one of the bits of ...
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Do I need a permit to ground an outlet?

At the moment, I have a receptacle that has no ground but is using three prongs. I plan on fixing this by installing a ground screw in the electrical box and routing a copper wire from that to the ...
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Building permit minimum fees -- is there such a thing as a job "too small to permit" in some jurisdictions?

The electrical permits in my jurisdiction (Midwest USA city) run about $15 for a branch circuit off the top of my head (don't have the exact number, but it suffices for this question). There are a ...
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Pros and Cons of buildings permits

We live in a single family home and are doing a renovation of our kitchen and adjoining room. We are not making any architectural changes. For the kitchen, we are adding electrical circuits and ...
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Adding a fence on top of a wall

I am looking at adding a Fence to the side of the yellow wall to go up about 3 foot. will i need to get planing permission or can i just go ahead, the yellow building is mine?
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What can happen if someone doesn't get a building permit for a renovation?

What are the possible repercussions if someone doesn't get a building permit when doing a renovation? I have heard many people I know say they never got a building permit to get "x" done and they have ...
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How should I go about removing these two walls?

We just bought our first house, so go easy on me as I’m not an experienced DIY’er. I have read the documentation available on planningportal.gov.uk, but am still very confused. We’re hoping to remove ...
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Bathroom remodel done well, not quite

I recently completed renovation of my bathroom. I expanded the space, changed plumbing and ripped out and rebuilt almost everything. One thing I did not know then but I know now is that I needed a ...
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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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Do I need planning permission to build a roof terrace over a flat roof in the UK?

We're thinking of building a roof terrace on the flat roof at the rear of a property. The property is in the UK and is not in a conservation area. Do we need to seek planning permission to do this? ...
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Is having a window in a room that is below grade a requirement?

This would be in Charlotte, NC, Mecklenburg County. I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that rooms that are below grade are required to have a full size window in them or they can't be considered ...
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What are some tips for installing a small shed?

I want to put in a small shed to store my push lawn mower and perhaps a few other things. Our village's website states we need a permit: SHEDS – Must be either anchored to a concrete slab or have ...
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What is the difference between “Planning Permission” and “Building Regulation” in the UK and when do I need to get them?

It can be very confusing to know what is covered by “Planning-Permission” and what is covered by “Building Regulation”, so can we have a short answer with links please.
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