Is a Legal Permit a Business Contract?

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Does a building permit issued by a municipality constitute a legal contract for the building inspector and municipality to require any state or federal building codes to be followed by the licensed builder (as building progresses in which municipal building inspectors will conduct timely inspections to see that said rules are followed)?

A building permit is not a contract, it’s a permit. That is, it is the government body giving you permission to do something. However, inspectors are supposed to check that the building is being done to code for independent reasons.