Do I want a contractor that will only work with the required building permits and according to the current building codes and regulations?
The short answer is YES. You are protecting yourselves and your investment. Short cuts may seem expedient and harmless on occasion, but exercise extreme caution before you decide to step outside of the lines, and don't trust a contractor who appears interested in cutting corners. Remember that building codes are constantly changing and only a reliable contractor will stay abreast of these changes and implement all changes as quickly as possible.