If you are planning to remodel your home you as a homeowner are responsible for getting the proper permits. Even if you use licensed contractor that should know what projects require permits double checking with your city and county is recommended. There are no Federal or State standards and ordinances vary city by city and the only way to know what codes apply is to go the the website or call. For the do-it-yourself remodeler this process is expensive, time consuming and frustrating. The cost of a permit can be as much as 1% of the total project and can take 6 weeks to get inspected. Bypassing this step is tempting but the National Association of Realtors said this can have negative implications when you want to sell your home. The inspectors and appraisers will want to see that you have proper permits on file. The buyer will not be able to get a loan if remodeling was not permitted.
Certain categories seem common to many municipalities making permitting required for public and personal safety including any work involving plumbing, electrical and natural gas.
With changing safety codes and need for more revenue more items are being added to the permit list.
REQUIRES A PERMIT IN MOST MUNICIPALITIES
- Wall demo or changing layout
- Changing roofline
- Installing new electrical wiring
- Building an addition or garage
- Any work to sewer line
- Adding a fence or deck
MAY NOT NEED A PERMIT
- Updating kitchen and bath fixtures
- Replacing countertops or appliances
- Roofing with similar material
- Installing new flooring
- Building a shed or workshop