Are alternate methods of construction permitted?

The provisions of the Building Code are not intended to prevent the use of any material, alternate design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by the Building Code, provided any alternate has been demonstrated to meet the purpose of the code.

The building inspector may approve any such alternate, provided the inspector finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the provisions of the code and that method or work offered is at least the equivalent of that prescribed in the code in suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation. The customer is responsible to provide proper documentation and evidence of suitability for each alternate proposed.

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1. Why is a permit required?
2. Why is there a fee to get a permit?
3. When is a permit required?
4. Who is responsible for scheduling inspections?
5. Who performs inspections?
6. How much notice is required for an inspection?
7. Are there any inspection fees?
8. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
9. What if I do not agree with the inspection result?
10. Are alternate methods of construction permitted?
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