Not all home remodeling projects require a building permit.
Determining if you need a building permit for your intended renovation project can be difficult since many of the governing agencies have varied rules and specific zoning ordinances.
It is best to consult with a permit professional to verify the requirements for each project as some townships will require a permit no matter how small or simple the job - but below are some general guidelines.
Simple replacements of roofing, siding, windows and doors (of same size) can be done by the homeowner or a contractor without needing to obtain a building permit, in most cases.
Modest interior alterations like the “direct replacement” of kitchen or bathroom fixtures usually fall into this category as well.
Once a bathroom is “gutted” (removal of all wall, ceiling and floor finishes) it will then require a building permit and plumbing permit, along with the use of a licensed general contractor and a licensed plumber for the bathroom to be remodeled in compliance to the State and local building codes.
The popular “open concept” floor plan usually requires the removal of interior partitions in older homes; to do this type of remodeling project, plans need to be prepared and a structural engineer must be retained to calculate loads and design the headers that will be installed as the bearing walls are removed. A licensed contractor will do both the demo and the re-construction required.
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