When Will I Need a Permit For My Renovation?

PermitFiguring out what kind of permit you need for your renovation can be a daunting task for some homeowners, especially with multiple rules to understand and so much red tape. How can you know whether your renovation will require one or not? Well, it all depends on the kind of renovation you’ll be doing. 

General Projects That Require Permits

Your city and county will likely have specific rules about required permits, but you can follow some general guidelines. If your renovation deals with any of the following, you will most likely need one:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Natural gas

Ordinances will also consider public and personal safety, so any projects dealing with those issues will require some documentation.

When Is a Permit Required?

What about more specific projects? The chances are that if you’re working on any of the following, you’ll be checking in with your local officials before you can get started:

  • Expanding your home’s layout
  • Installing fences over six feet
  • Adding exterior doors, windows, or skylights
  • Remodeling fireplaces, excluding chimney cleaning
  • Installing a new HVAC system
  • Installing in-ground or above-ground pools

When Is a Permit Not Required?

Your need for a permit will still vary from city to city, but the following projects will often not require any:

  • Putting in hardwood flooring or carpeting
  • Replacing countertops
  • Interior or exterior painting
  • Fences below six feet
  • Bathroom or kitchen fixture replacements that don’t deal with plumbing

For more conclusive answers about your home renovation, it’s always best to double-check with your local officials before starting. And, when you’re ready to get to work, get in touch with us at MBC Capital General Contractors