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1. What are permits and why do I need one?
2. When do I need a permit?
3. Where do I obtain a permit?
4. What kind of drawings or plans do I need?
5. How long will it take for my permit to be approved?
6. Can I start any of my construction project work before my permit is approved?
7. Do I have to pay the permit fees when I apply?
8. What form of payment do you accept?
9. When does my permit expire?
10. Are inspections required?
11. What do I do when my project is complete?
12. What happens if I don't get a permit?
13. Do I need to permit to remove a tree in my yard?
14. Will my construction project require the Tree Preservation Plan Review Application?
15. How do I get a survey of my property?
16. If I do any work to my home, will my property taxes be increased?
17. I live in the Historic District of Geneva and want to do some exterior work on my house and property. What is the process of getting a permit?
18. If I hire a contractor to do my work, who is responsible for obtaining the permit?
19. Additional questions?