When do I need a building permit or inspection?
1a) I install a ceiling fan, I don't think I need a permit.
1b) I remove a single fluorescent tube light fixture and install recessed lighting in my kitchen. Do I need a permit (or inspection) since I'm rewiring/placing new wire in the ceiling?
2a) I change a faucet. No permit.
2b) I install a water softener. I was told I would need a permit for this because if it isn't installed properly the resin could backflow into the city water header.
I feel it is my home and I can do what I want and I guess that is true for the most part. I can understand issues arising like mentioned with the water softener (I'm not planning on doing this and haven't looked into any details so I don't know if the resin backflowing is even a concern but I think it's a good example). If I do the work correctly, no one is really going to know that I installed recessed lighting, but still...
When do I NEED to get permits or have inspections performed when I am working on my own house?