When to Pull Home Building Permits?
Home Building Permits Protect Your Home and Family
By: Mark J. Donovan
If you are planning a home building
or home remodeling project chances are you are going to need to pull a home
building permit or home remodeling permit. In fact your home building/remodeling
project may require multiple permits, if for example it involves various aspects
such as framing, electrical and plumbing.
Home building permits, or home
remodeling permits are designed to protect your investment and family from
dangerous conditions stemming from shoddy workmanship or ignorance of national
and local building codes.
By pulling a home building permit
you are obtaining project oversight over your contractors’ workmanship.
Pulling a home building permit,
or home remodeling permit, lets your town or city know, that you are
building a home or remodeling your home. When pulling building permits, you
should bring along your project plans when visiting your town or city hall.
The municipality’s building inspector will review the plans for compliance
to building codes, and property setbacks, and other local rules and
As part of the home building permit
process, the local building inspector will make periodic visits to your home
building or remodeling project to confirm that the project is indeed being
constructed to your building plans and the national and local building codes.
More specifically, as you reach certain milestones in your home building project
you will contact the building inspector to inspect the work to date. In order to
move forward with the project you will need the inspector’s approval of the
Home building permits are priced
relative to the cost of the home building or remodeling project, so it is
important to accurately estimate the cost of the project. You will not want to
overestimate the cost of the project as this will cost you more in building
So when do you need to pull a home
building permit or home remodeling permit?
If you are building a new home, you
will need to obtain a home building permit. Again, you should bring to the
municipal building inspector a complete set of building plans for their review.
|If you are a planning a home
remodeling project, then you should visit your local building inspector, to see
if you need a home remodeling permit. Most likely you will. If, for example, the
home remodeling project requires the modification or movement of a load bearing
wall you will need to get a permit. Likewise, if you are changing the roof line,
modifying or installing new electrical wiring or plumbing fixtures, or adding a
new door or window, you will need to get a home remodeling permit. In addition,
if you are installing a new deck or pool, even an above ground pool, you will
need to pull a permit.
Typically you do not need to pull
building permits or home remodeling permits if you are just making replacements,
such as replacing windows, doors, flooring, bathroom fixtures or electrical
So before you decide to start a home
addition project, check with your local building inspector before construction
begins. If you start a home remodeling project prior to pulling a building
permit you are at risk of the municipality providing you with a cease and desist
letter. In some cases, they can even require you to demolish your
building/remodeling work. It is not worth your family’s safety and the
financial risk to skip this very important part in a home building or remodeling
project. Building permits are cheap compared to the cost of the overall project,
and the penalties that can be foisted upon you if you neglect them.
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