Answers To Your Questions About Home Construction Permits

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Whether you are building a new home or structure or simply adding to or remodeling your existing home, a permit will be a likely part of the process. This may seem like an unnecessary added expense but permits help ensure that new construction and home updates are safe and meet local code requirements. The following can help you better understand the process.

What typically needs permitted?

This depends upon your local regulations. Generally, any major replacement in existing construction or new construction will require a permit. For example, fixing a few broken shingles doesn't usually require a permit, but a new roof will. Things like new walls, electrical or plumbing upgrades, or major bathroom renovations may also require permits. Your local building and planning office can help you determine if your project needs a permit.

Can you avoid the permit process?

In some cases you can avoid the need for a permit by understanding the code regulations in your area. For example, many municipalities only require permits for fences or accessory buildings greater than a certain size. If you build a fence shorter than the permit requirement or make a small, unplumbed garden shed smaller than the permit limit, you may not need a permit.

What if you don't get a permit?

It can be tempting to skip the permit, particularly for work that isn't easily seen by outsiders such as a kitchen remodeling project. Unfortunately, this can lead to fines or other difficulties when you go to sell your home. In order to sell or for the house to pass inspection for a potential buyer, you may have to get the work retroactively permitted and inspected. In some cases, you may even be required to return the home to its former state and undo all your work.

Do permits have a time limit?

In most locations, they do have a limit. Make sure you are aware of the expiration date so you can finish the work and call for the necessary inspections before the expiration date. Most municipalities will issue extensions or a new permit for a small fee. This is required if the work has already been started since otherwise, any work completed under an expired permit is in violation until the inspection is complete. If you know you won't finish before the expiration, apply for an extension well before the current permit expires.

For more information, contact a business such as THE PERMIT SPECIALISTS.


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.