How do I choose a contractor?
Here are some things to consider when choosing a contractor:
- Check for the contractor's experience in the type of construction proposed.
- Interview the contractor and check his references.
- Check the reliability of your chosen contractor with the Better Business Bureau.
- Arrange a contract and ensure the contract covers all the work including your design professional drawings and who arranges for inspections.
- Before signing the contract, check the drawings to ensure they comply with what you want.
- Check specifications and materials proposed with your Design Professional and Contractor.
- Confirm the type of warranty that is being given, and, on a large contract, you may wish to obtain legal counsel before signing.
- Confirm whether the contractor is obtaining the building permit or if you are expected to handle the building permit. When the contractor is applying for the permit, make sure you see the permit before allowing work to start.

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1. What does the Inspection Department do?
2. What is a building permit?
3. Why do I need a building permit?
4. What happens if I don't get a permit?
5. When do I need a permit?
6. What are the permit costs?
7. Do I need a contractor?
8. Who should get the permit – homeowner or the contractor?
9. How do I choose a contractor?
10. What paperwork do I need to get a permit?
11. How do I request an inspection?
12. Why is an inspection and permit necessary for replacement of water heaters and furnaces?
13. I live outside the City of Battle Creek limits and have a building-related problem/question, can the City of Battle Creek help me with this?
14. Where can I order State of Michigan code books for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work?
15. I am working around my gas or electric meter what do I do?