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Which Home Remodeling Projects Require a Permit?

remodeling projects require a permit

Window installations are a remodeling project that will require a permit.

If you’re planning a remodeling project for your home, you may be wondering about whether or not you need a permit. A permit is required for many projects so that the city government can keep a record of changes, and it will also ensure that inspectors check for red flags. So how do you know if the remodeling or renovation you want to get done requires a permit? A good contractor will let you know ahead of time, but typically any kind of structural, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work will require a permit. Here are a projects that may require a permit.

Window installations – You will need a permit to cut holes for windows that are bigger than your old windows, skylights, and new doors with windows.

Structural changes – Any kind of structural change your home will require a contractor to get a permit. This may include such things as load-bearing walls, balconies, decks, porches, roofs and foundation flooring.

Additions and remodels – Remodeling projects, additions, repairs, replacements or upgrades that total more than $5,000 will require a permit. Detached structures like garages, sheds and platforms are also included. Construction that’s less than 200 square feet, however, is exempt.

Plumbing and electrical – Plumbing replacements and new electrical wiring–whether it’s an outlet, switch, ceiling fan or overhead lighting–will almost certainly need a new permit. Small repairs and light fixture installations will not.

Renovating Without a Permit

Smaller projects usually do not require a permit. Some projects you can do without a permit include:

  • Replacing/installing a new faucet
  • Installing new countertops
  • Minor electrical repairs
  • Installing new flooring such hardwood, carpeting, linoleum or vinyl tile,
  • Wallpaper or painting

If you’re not completely sure whether or not your project needs a permit, hire a professional. An expert with a background and experience in the field you’re working on will determine what needs to be inspected and checked for any red flags. They will help you acquire a permit and get the job done in a timely manner.

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Looking to upgrade your home with a fresh remodeling? Contact C.C. Dietz! If you’re ready to get started on your next remodeling project, we’re here to help from planning to installation. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. 1