Who is responsible for obtaining the building permit?

Building permits can be obtained by the homeowner or a licensed contractor. The person or persons performing the work must obtain the permit. It is a violation of state law if a contractor commences work without first obtaining a permit under their state contractor's license. The owner/contractor or an authorized agent is the only legal person who can sign the building permit application. In addition to the above, the City of El Cerrito must verify that the responsible party being issued the permit conforms to the Worker's Compensation Laws of California. Questions regarding this provision can be answered by calling the Building Division at (510) 215-4360.

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2. Who is responsible for obtaining the building permit?
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