Can a homeowner obtain permits and perform work on their own property?

Yes, persons who own and currently occupy (owner-occupant) a residential structure may act as general contractor or plumber, obtain permits and perform work associated with these professions. An owner-occupant, however, cannot perform electrical, heating and air conditioning, or fuel gas work due to life safety concerns. Qualified electrical, heating and air conditioning, and fuel gas (plumbers and/or heating and air conditioning) contractors and journeymen must be licensed with the City of Jackson. Qualified contractors are required to obtain separate trade permits for their work (journeymen must work for a licensed contractor and are not eligible to obtain permits or offer their services independently of an employing contractor). A property owner-occupant is responsible for any work they perform and must also obtain the necessary building or plumbing permits and schedule required inspections. Work must comply with all applicable building codes adopted by the City of Jackson.

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