May Be NEEDED WHEN
- An event or project will need electrical power, and/or
- An event or project will include structures such as a stage
The building permit can be considered a secondary permit for most Public Space Challenge type projects. When you apply for a Special Events or Temporary Use permit, the issuing department would typically inform you of the additional need to secure a building permit. The requirements for this type of permit will be dependent on the reasons it is needed. For example, if you are building a stage, the building permit is required in order to ensure the structure's integrity.
Where to start
Look through the information for the Special Events and/or Temporary Use permits first and contact the corresponding department. Once you start that process, and if you suspect you might need a building permit, ask your permitting contact what is necessary and who the next best contact is.
Let's say you'd like to build a platform or deck of some type as part of your project. A building permit will be necessary to ensure that the structure is safe, can support the appropriate weight, and is ADA compliant.