Sunday, August 18, 2019

Residential Building Permits 101

A new year comes with new home renovations. As we prepare our customized projects for the spring reveal, it’s important to know whether or not you need a permit.

The general purpose of a permit is to guarantee that a permanent record of the work performed is documented.  A permit also ensures that inspections are completed to reinforce the building/project is up to code. The code shows that the structure is safe from failure, fire and electrical damages.

So, what do you need a permit for? Well, that depends; most permits are mandatory on any remodels or updates that require a licensed trade such as plumbing or electrical work and anything that involves moving walls or has a structural component. Common permits are: swimming pool – installs, builds or fillings, construction of a building such as carports, patio covers and gazebos and foundation repair. Some items you may not know whether or not you need a permit for include replacing and adding water heaters, irrigation systems and septic to system hook up to City sewer.

Once you have determined whether or not you need a permit, you can fill out an online application on the City’s website or visit the Building Inspections Department at Town Hall.  Common information such as the address, scope work and a plan of what you doing as well as the information of the licensed contractor you will hire to do the job is required. This information must be known before you apply for a permit.  With the correct information and completed forms, the full process can take one or two weeks.

Please note, if you have a contractor that says you do not need a permit, error on the side of caution and please contact the City first.

If you are unsure about what to get a permit for just visit our website in the Residential Construction section here.

For a list of permit guidelines, click here. For questions regarding permits, please contact the Building Inspections Department at 817-748-8237 or 8236.