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September 8, 2015 by Caleb Haniquet

Home renovations are an excellent choice for living a more comfortable and sustainable life without having to move. It’s a good idea to have a plan of action and design concepts, but it is also important to not get too caught up in the details without first getting permission from your city or town. The permit process varies depending on the area, so be sure to check with your building department on how to file and obtain a permit.

It is necessary to file for a permit before doing any home improvement because it assures that you meet certain standards and principles such as zoning requirements, environmental concerns, building codes, electrical codes, and mechanical codes. Make sure to keep a record of your home renovations or additions for the bank, insurance company, and future homeowners for proof that you were given a permit.

You can apply for a permit for your home renovations at your local public government office. Some permits can be issued instantaneously, while others may take longer depending on the difficulty and intricacy of the home improvement project. Before being granted a permit, building codes must be considered along with all of the local ordinances that may affect the permit process. During your home renovations, inspections of the work will be required. For more involved projects, such as dormers and additions, numerous inspections may be mandatory. A final inspection is always performed once the job is completed.

Home renovations that are most likely to need a permit are fences, plumbing and electrical, structural changes, siding, and water heaters. If your home improvement task costs more than a certain amount, depending on your area’s standards, a permit may be required. A permit can cost anywhere from $100 to more than $1,000 depending on the type of work that is being completed.

The general contractors at Center Island Contracting have helped many families with home renovations. For assistance with your home improvement projects, call us today at 631-465-9765.

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