The Act defines a “Building” as any structure, temporary or permanent, that is placed or erected on land and/or another structure. A Building Permit is a formal approval from your Local Planning Authority/Municipal Corporation to construct, modify, extend or renovate a structure. It should be noted that a permit is also required when placing a temporary structure (a trailer or wooden structure), or to demolish a structure on your property. It regulates the type of construction allowed on the land and seeks to ensure that all the relevant building and safety standards are met. Therefore, the building permit process seeks to protect both your interests as an Investor, as well as those of the parish and surrounding community.