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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Yelvington

Do I Need a Building Permit?

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.

If you want to be SURE whether or not you need a permit, you will find that permit expediting companies like Dynamic Permits are an excellent resource for this type of assistance. Get a free quote now.


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