Do I really need a permit? We get this question often. It is true, though, that most construction activity needs a permit. City require permits in order to protect the public health and welfare by making sure the new construction is safe and meets code requirements. Construction that meets code requirements also helps to protect property values. Building permits can sometimes seem like a hassle. However, in many cases, getting a permit could mean giving up less than an hour of your time and spending a few hundred dollars. With all of the potential consequences at stake, you’re better safe than sorry.