Have you been thinking about a remodeling project or considering significant upgrades to your home? If so, don’t forget to check into which building permits you’ll need.
Generally, permits are required for the installation, extension, alteration or general repair of electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems. The cost of each permit will depend on the scope of the project and can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
The permitting process will vary depending on your project and where you live. An in-ground swimming pool, for example, will have different requirements than a kitchen remodel. Simple cosmetic changes, such as switching out a faucet, likely won’t require a permit, but changing a sink might.
Sometimes a municipality won’t require a permit if the amount of work to be done falls below a set dollar amount. Also, keep in mind if you encounter delays during your remodel, your permits can expire.
The general contractor often pulls the permit, but the responsibility ultimately falls on the homeowner. So be sure that the proper paperwork is completed and all necessary fees are paid prior to beginning work. Failure to pull the right permit could also lead to trouble selling the home in the future, as any liability associated with work that isn’t permitted falls on the homeowner. For example, if a contractor installed electrical wiring that wasn’t properly permitted and it later starts a fire, the insurance company may deny the claim.
Permits can also protect you in another way. A permit will likely result in an inspection of the completed work, helping to ensure that construction is up to par.
In the case of home repairs, you need permission, not forgiveness. For questions and advice about permits and home improvements, contact your Allen Tate Realtor®.