Inspection Services FAQ Q: What is a building permit? Q: When is a building permit necessary? Q: What about the issuance of plumbing, gas, or electrical Permits? Q: When does a building permit expire? Q: How long will it take to find out if my Building Permit is approved? Q: What are the building permit fees? Q: Must building permits be posted? Q: My neighbor is having work done and I do not see a posted permit. What can I do? Q: How do I obtain copies of inspectional services division records? Q: Will Inspectional Services recommend a home improvement contractor? Q: What happens if I have started a project without the appropriate building permit? Q: I received a corrections list in response to my Plan Review request. What do I do next? Q: I have a classic car in my backyard, why did you send me a violation notice? Q: What are the heating/cooling requirements of my landlord to provide an adequate living environment? Q: Who is responsible for the electric and gas service in my apartment? Q: My neighbors tree is hanging over my property, what can I do? Q: I am looking for an Inspector who covers Dartmouth Street in Springfield?