Do not take out a building permit for any contractor. When the contractor signs the permit, the contractor is agreeing to do the work according to code.
If you sign for the permit, you are liable for correcting the contractor's work if it should fall short of the city-adopted code standards.
Before a project begins with a contractor, insist on seeing the permit. During the course of your project, monitor the contractor’s inspection records. This will protect you from being responsible for code violations and ensure project completion.
Verify permits and inspections online at MyGovernmentOnline