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Permits For Home Renovation

Aug 18, 2007
If you are planning home renovation, it would be advisable to find out whether you would need any permit from the city and if so, what type of permit would be needed. Each municipality has its own set of rules for obtaining permits for home renovation work. Moreover, the rules of the municipalities stipulate that certain types of renovation work need permits whereas other types do not need them. Its, therefore, necessary to make proper inquiries and abide by the statutory requirements of the local building codes and ensure the safety of your home and maintain its resale potential.

Abide By Municipal Rules

The stipulations governing the parameters of the distances, sizes, heights and other items vary from one municipality to another. Whereas some of the approved measurements are based on safety and structural considerations, others are merely arbitrary. In spite of that, you should make sure that you become aware of the same and abide by the stipulations before undertaking your home renovation work.

Certain types of home renovation work such as electrical or plumbing work in a wall necessitate that the work is inspected before you can cover it with drywall. You can get the permit for such work only if you youve had the inspections done at the desired stages.

Get The Permits In your Name

You should also be careful regarding getting the permits in your name and not in the name of the building contractor. This is essential as you can be left high and dry in case the permit is in the name of the contractor and you decide to fire him mid-way or if he decides to leave or if he cannot complete the home renovation work. You would then have to go through the routine once more and spend extra money.

You should not be led astray by people telling you that you can do the home renovation work without bothering about the permits. You must check up with the relevant municipality yourself and abide by their city codes to avoid problems in future. If you dont follow the rules and carry out the changes without the necessary permits, you will face problems if you wish to sell the property. You will then have to bring the work to the standards of the city code and get the permits. This could prove to be a costly mistake.

You must remember that normally permits are always needed for home renovation and as such it would be advisable to contact the building department of your local city municipality and find out which permits would be required and the procedure to be followed for getting these permits. You should also take the permits in your name and ensure that necessary inspections are done as and when necessary. As they say, a stitch in time can save nine.
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