It doesn’t matter if you get the required city permits for your home project or if your contractor gets them, but you’re the one who’s responsible for making sure you have them.
Rosie’s advice: Don’t assume the contractor has the permits. Ask to see them.
Building officials report getting complaints from homeowners who want them to “write up” contractors who failed to get permits for work at the homeowers’ houses. But the homeowners, not the contractor, were the ones who got “written up.”
Depending on where you live in Arizona, that can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and a stop-work order, all for the homeowner, not the hired help.