Before any home improvement project begins, you will want to do some research to determine if a building permit is required beforehand. Building permit requirements vary based on your location and the project itself.
Here are a few example of projects that DO require building permits:
-Building a storage shed
-Finishing a lower level
-Deck addition or replacement
-Re-shingling & residing
-Additions & remodels
-Windows and exterior door replacement
-Fence/placement/carport/home occupation/sign/driveway permits (required from the Zoning Department)
Here are a few examples of projects that do NOT require a building permit:
-Swing and playground equipment
-Retaining walls (less than 4 feet in height)
-Painting/wall paper and other similar finish work
What happens if I don’t get a building permit?
When work is done without a permit, this causes problems for the homeowner and the inspector. For example, if you put up a wall, and the inspector can’t see all of the work that was done, you will be required to remove the wall, and ceiling covers to the extent that a proper inspection may be obtained.
Who will get the permit?
If you are looking to do the project yourself, you can go to the city and pay for your own permit. Keep in mind, you will need a separate permit for electrical, plumbing and mechanical homeowners’ permits. When you hire licensed subcontractors, they will obtain the permits themselves.
A building permit is required to insure code compliance for structural integrity and minimal life safety for building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems. If you are ever in doubt about needing permit, your safest bet is to call the city to find out.
When hiring a licensed contractor for your home improvement project, you can trust Crew Construction and Restoration to handle the job the right way. Our team of professionals will handle all of the paperwork, planning, and communications between homeowner and the city. Give us a call and we will provide you with a free estimate for your next project!