22 Dec When Are Building Permits Required for Remodeling?
As a homeowner wanting to remodel, you may be wondering, “If it’s my house, why do I need a permit or inspection?” The truth is that there are a number of reasons why having the proper permits are important when beginning a home construction or remodeling project. The experts at Core Remodeling Group, Inc. have compiled a few of the most common questions about building permits and provided a few details to clarify the permit process.
What is a Building Permit?
A building permit is an official government sanctioned approval for beginning a construction project.
Do I Need a Building Permit?
In most cases the simple answer is: YES!
Most home remodeling projects will require a permit before proceeding.
What if I Don’t Get a Permit?
Most homeowners tend to think that because they own their home, they can make any changes they deem necessary. The problem typically occurs when a homeowner places their house on the market for sale. When a potential buyer has the home inspection, they may find additions or renovations that were not properly permitted. This can cause the seller to spend more money to tear out or repair the project to meet code. This can always be avoided by applying for a permit and having your project properly inspected upon completion.
In addition, there may be penalties for not properly permitting a project. This can range from a citation from the city, potential home hazards, and difficulty ensuring the property.
When Do I Need a Building Permit?
A good rule of thumb is to assume that you DO need a permit for your project. North Carolina State Law requires that any change, construction, repair, removal, etc. to any building or structure must first obtain a permit from the inspections department within that jurisdiction.
Here are some residential projects that will require permits:
- Accessory Structures – gazebo’s, decks, sunrooms, garages, etc.
- Electrical – hard-wiring appliances, running electrical wiring and outlets, adding lighting fixtures
- Plumbing – sewer lines, sinks, toilets, water lines
- HVAC system installation
- Major Siding replacement, exterior carpentry
- Major renovations and new construction
Building permits are needed for safety and ensuring that the project complies with all regulatory laws. For example, a permit may be required for:
- Structural safety
- Fire Code compliance
- Electrical Safety
What is the Process for Getting a Building Permit?
This depends on the type of project you are undertaking. Most home renovations will require a short approval period, that will by filed at a local inspections department. Submit your request for permit with all fees and plans, and usually within a standard working day, you will receive your permit if approved. During and after your building process, you will be required to schedule an official inspection to ensure all codes are met.
Contact a Licensed Contractor for Help with Your Apex Building Project
As a licensed Apex remodeling company, Core Remodeling understands the difficulty that business and homeowners face when beginning a construction project. That is why Core is your partner and guiding hand during a renovation. We will contact the local permit and inspection office in your area and request permit approval to turn your vision into a reality.