Can I start demolition without a permit?
No! In order to protect the owner, bystanders, demolition personnel, and all adjacent properties; it is extremely important that demolition does not begin until after the required demolition permits have been issued. Starting demolition without a permit is not only a likely way to cause injury, but it will also result in the application of penalty fees.

When demolition must be performed in an emergency situation, then the Hamilton Fire Department must be contacted for approval. They will contact the appropriate representatives of Construction Services and the Utility Departments to make sure that the emergency demolition is safe to proceed. An application for approval must be submitted to Construction Services within the next business day.

The Building Official will determine whether or not the situation legitimately constituted an emergency. If any work is performed without a permit, and the above emergency stipulations are not met; then work will be required to stop immediately, and penalty fees will be applied.

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1. What is a permit?
2. How do I get a permit?
3. Do I need a permit?
4. When does my permit expire?
5. How long does it take to get a permit?
6. How much does a permit cost, and when do I pay for it?
7. What are the different types of permits?
8. How many copies of plans do I need to turn in?
9. When can I start working on my project?
10. Can I start demolition without a permit?
11. What inspections are required and when?
12. How do I schedule an inspection?
13. How far in advance to I have to schedule an inspection?
14. Do I have to be licensed or registered to get a permit or do work?
15. What codes apply, and where can I get copies?
16. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
17. Can I get a temporary certificate of occupancy?
18. What is a change of occupancy or change of use?
19. What are the different types of permit application forms, and where can I get them?
20. Who do I contact about work located in the public right-of-way?