It's often difficult to know when you need a permit for your remodeling project. Many homeowners want to know, "Do I need a permit for this project?" Depending on your locality, here are some instances when you may or may not need a permit. Please keep in mind that the operative word is may. I cannot predict the nuances of every local government.
You May Need a Permit
- Moving a sink.
- Demolishing a load-bearing wall.
- Demolishing a non load-bearing wall (even though this type of work does not structurally compromise your home, some permitting agencies want to be overly cautious and make certain that do-it-yourself homeowners do not undertake dangerous repairs).
- Changing the house's roofline.
- Punching in a new window or door.
- Altering the footprint of your house.
- Installing new electrical wiring.
- Parking your roll-off dumpster on a public street.
You May Not Need a Permit
- Laying in a new roof.
- Parking your roll-off dumpster on your own property (however, if you happen to live in an association-controlled neighborhood, make sure you do not run afoul of your own housing association's rules).
- Putting in hardwood floor.
- Installing carpeting.
- Replacing doors or windows on a one-for-one basis.
- Upgrading your countertops.
- Freshing up the exterior with new siding.
- Minor electrical work, such as replacing an electrical outlet.
A phone call to your local permitting office is the best--and only--way to determine if you need a permit. Believe it or not, many permit officers are happy to discuss permitting issues with anonymous callers as a way to ward off future code violations.