Having a set of plans in hand enables you to start the conversation with your local building department to ensure your build is compliant with all local regulations. Applying for a permit is as easy as filling out a form, appending a set of plans to your submission, and indicating who will contribute to the project, i.e. general contractor, plumber, etc. You will also have to have your building plans approved by a few other parties before you start building, so make sure you’re planning for that as well.
Some of the plans DEN provides don’t require a building permit in some municipalities, however, others do. As you approach building your cabin, we encourage you to consult with an experienced local engineer to review the plans, the conditions where you intend to build, and all local building requirements.