What Permits do you Need for a Home Remodel?

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Remodeling your home can have multiple benefits when addressed appropriately. As simple as the general idea of home improvement might seem, there are multiple elements to consider when planning such a project. Making sure you have crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s when going through the details of your venture is crucial to potential chances of success. One of the major aspects a lot of homeowners tend to overlook is permit acquisition. Several activities require the approval of the local building authority in a municipality before they can commence. This involves the application for a permit that portrays the government’s consent to the project. 

When Do You Need a Permit? 

It’s worth noting that the particular activities involved with a renovation will determine whether the need for a permit is necessary. Most superficial outlays don’t require a permit as no crucial aspects of the structure are concerned. Activities such as painting the walls, changing household fixtures, and tiling ventures won’t require a permit in most places. However, it should be noted that every region has its permit requirements and not every area has similar terms. Checking to confirm whether the particular activities of your project require a permit is always advisable, even if one hasn’t moved house. The requirements involved with permit acquisition in remodeling can change over the years. 

Anything that affects the structural integrity of the residence will generally require one or more permits to accomplish. In most cases, the Remodelling Company hired generally handles the application process on behalf of their clients. Some of the general times an individual might need a permit for their home remodel include: 

  • Home expansions of any kind. 
  • Deck-building projects. 
  • Installing new wiring and adding new circuits. 
  • Any activities that affect the sewer line. 
  • Alterations to the plumbing network. 
  • Building a driveway, garage, or any other outdoor structural addition. 

In general terms, permits are more or less connected to renovation aspects that influence matters such as plumbing, electrical wiring, natural gas, and public and personal safety will require a type of permit to accomplish. Identifying the kind of permit required for your project early on is recommended as one can’t start their project until they’ve been acquired. Permit application should be mapped out in the planning and design stage with your Remodelling Company. In most cases, acquiring a permit can take between one week to a month depending on the region involved. 

Stages of Applying for a Permit 

The first step in planning the permit needs for your project is identifying the particular licenses needed with your renovation. Once this is done, you’ll likely need to submit one or more copies of your renovation blueprints, including the initial layouts of the areas involved and intended changes. If the remodeling project is taking place outdoors, you might be required to submit a copy of the site plans in relation to your construction. You will also need to fill out and submit an application form related to your needs (i.e. plumbing, electric, or building permit), and pay the application fees. Once this has been done you’ll likely need to wait for a response from the building authority concerned. If the permit is approved work can commence immediately on the venture. The permit should be posted in an area where it’s easily visible for inspection purposes. 

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