Do I Need A Building Permit

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling


Building Permit Considerations

A frequent question often asked is “should I get a building permit?”
Building codes have been established by most cities and towns and can vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another.
A building permit is a document issued by a city or town building department to insure changes to structures are completed according to established building code and to regulate the safety and purpose of buildings.

When do You Need A Permit?

Generally a permit is required whenever structural work is involved or when the basic living area of the home is to be changed.
A construction permit is needed for all new construction. In many cases, a permit is needed for repair or replacement of existing fixtures, such as replacing windows.
Other, separate permits for plumbing, electrical or mechanical work maybe needed for any addition or changes to a building’s existing system; for example, moving or adding an electrical outlet requires a permit.
Do I Need A Building Permit?  Not sure, then ask a contractor who works in your city or town if you need a permit – they will know to local requirements or check here.
If your hiring a licensed contractor it is their responsibility to obtain a permit.
  • Residential and commercial construction fees:  $10.00 per $1,000
  • Minimum fee and re-inspection fee:  $30.00
  • Replacement of lost permit card:  $30.00
  • Certificate of Occupancy:  (when not in conjunction with a building permit)
  • $30.00
  • Six month extension of existing building permit:  One or more extensions may be granted by the Building Official upon request of the owner.
  • $30.00
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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