Building And Construction Permits

Many home buyers who have recently closed on their new home purchase decide to remodel their home prior to moving in.  Remodeling can be basic such as painting the interior  the exterior or interior of their home or more extensive such as remodeling the kitchen, bathroom, or converting an unfinished attic or basement.  Basic remodeling such as painting do not require building and construction permits from the city or county, however,  building and construction permits may be required if electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work is involved as well as structural changes to the home.  Although doing a complete remodel on a kitchen may be basic, the city or county may require that you pull a permit and electricians and plumbers who work on the kitchen be licensed and bonded.


If you are remodeling an unfinished basement or unfinished attic space and adding bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen, building and construction permits will definitely be required and the county or city building department may even ask you for architetural drawings along with license and bonding information for electricians, plumbers, and heating and air conditioning technicians.

What Happens If I Do Not Get A Building And Construction Permits

Although the county and city may require building and construction permit to remodel kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics, many homeowners just do these projects and do not get the required permits.  In the event if you get caught doing such work without obtaining the proper building and construction permit, the city or county can do a stop order and you will be required to get the proper building and construction permits before you can restart work again.  The city or county building department may impose a fine for doing work without the proper permits.  Most of the time the way the city or county building departments find out is because a disgruntled neighbor calls the building department to complain about construction debris in your yard or because of loud noise.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Obtaining Building And Construction Permit

City and county building departments has two main goals in issuing and requiring building and construction permit. First, it is a safety issue and the government want to make sure that all work is done per code and there is no safety issues.  I totally agree and recommend that you get proper building and construction permits when there is electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work involved.  Secondly, building and construction permits cost money and it is a revenue source for the city or county.  Also, whenever there is a permit taken out and major improvements are done to a particular property, it may increase property taxes.  It is up to the homeowner whether they want to chance doing construction on their new home without getting the proper required building and construction permit.

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