3 Things to Know About the Building Permit

Building Permit

If you’re planning an upcoming home revamp, you may be wondering about the permit process. While it varies from state to state,  here are a few need-to-knows about building permits.

When Do You Need One?

“Small cosmetic fixes—say, a new paint job or landscaping—generally do not require a building permit. Structural modifications or any changes that add footage to your house, however, typically require you to pull a permit. If unsure whether or not your project requires a permit, ask a professional in your area.

Why Do You Need One?

For starters, building without a building permit is illegal, and if you don’t obtain one, you could be forced to take down your renovation later on. A building permit does a variety of things; it ensures your project is up to code, which keeps your contractors honest, and your project safe. “A permit also makes it easier for you to sell your home later, as an unpermitted home is a serious real estate hassle.”

How Do You Get One?

If you’re working with a contractor, they can pull the permit for you. However, if you’re going the DIY route, you will need a detailed outline of your project, including plans and blueprints, which you will submit to your local building department. “Keep in mind that it can take some time for your plans to be approved and your permit to be issued, so submit your plans well in advance of your construction start date to ensure the permitting process doesn’t slow you down.

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