Who has permit authority?

The Building Department issues building, plumbing, heating, and electrical permits for all private development in the Town of Poughkeepsie. In addition to the Building Department, the Zoning Department issues sign, home occupation, and yard sale permits (see Zoning department) for all private development in the Town of Poughkeepsie

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1. What is a permit?
2. Why are permits issued?
3. What is the purpose of the Building and Fire Codes?
4. Who has permit authority?
5. When is a permit required?
6. What work can be done without a permit?
7. How much do permits cost?
8. When are stamped plans and construction specifications required?
9. How many copies of the plans and specifications are required when applying for a building permit?
10. How long do I have to obtain a permit?
11. Do I need any other approval from other departments or agencies prior to issuance of my permit?
12. What happens if I start work without first obtaining a permit?
13. What if I have additional questions concerning building permits or code regulations?