Codes and Permits

Tom Markel, president, Bravo Events Expo Displays, Buffalo, N.Y., “The best way to help yourself with code officials is to stop fighting or avoiding them,” says Markel. “Seek them out. If you have a large project coming up, set up an appointment to discuss it. If you need some indulgence — within reason — request it up front, don’t ask for forgiveness later. Do your installs right. Don’t cheat. If you’re not creating a problem, things will go smoother.”