The easiest answer to this question is “for your protection”. The City will inspect a permit grantees work. The inspector may discover shoddy work, faulty materials, deviations from the plans, and violations of the code that may result in unsafe or hazardous conditions for you and your family. Of course, another consideration that cannot be overlooked is the fact that it is a violation of City Ordinance not to have a permit when the work that is being performed requires one to be issued. Failure to obtain the necessary permits may result in prosecution in the Adjudication Court with a maximum possible fine of $750.00 plus court costs.