If you’ve decided to build a brand new home as a real estate investment you can typically select from a floor plan offered in a new subdivision, provide your own plans and build on a builder’s lot or provide plans and build on a lot you already own.

However you decide, once you start the planning stagesbuilding codes for new construction you must absolutely pay attention to what you can and cannot build. And even the items that you are permitted to build most must be built according to an established code.

A city prepares its own property permit system and provides a list of what needs a permit and what does not. You will of course need a general building permit but the permits are identified by the general contractor who knows how to access the needed permits, how to complete the construction and how to have the city visit the home, inspect the work done and issue a release of permit. In rare occasions can you build whatever you want with your own batch of materials but if you do your property is located far away from metropolitan areas. Besides, even if you did build such a home, who would want to buy it?

That’s the nature of building new, making sure you’re in compliance with local building codes. Once your architect completes the plans and specifications you’ll be required to submit those plans and specs to the city engineer who will make sure that what you want to build follows local zoning ordinances. And codes can change often as the city establishes new building requirements. Even a home that was built just a few short years ago could find itself out of code as some new construction method or material change was introduced since the home was originally built. The code might be minor or major, your builder and home inspector will be an adviser to that, but you really have to make sure you’re building what you’re allowed to build. Done properly, you’ll know that well in advance before the first shovel of dirt is thrown.