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At McAdams Plumbing, we get quite a few questions about pulling permits. Some of the most common questions include “what is a permit,” “what does a permit do,” and “why is it important?”
So we thought it might be a good time to address some of those questions in a blog.
With the help of a few other websites, I’ve compiled a list of great answers to those ever elusive permit questions. Let’s discuss!
“A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project,” says iccsafe.org.
Basically, a permit is the city’s way of recognizing you are changing or adding a structure or system in your home and assuring that this work complies with all city and state codes.
You pay a small percentage fee of the overall cost of the job to have a professional inspector come out (multiple times if needed) to ensure all the work is done as it should be.
Permits are required when major alterations are going to be undertaken or when mechanical systems (plumbing, electrical) will be modified.
Most cities have their own list of home changes that will require inspections. Inquire with you city’s Building Department for more information.
A permit helps you save time and money by helping to avoid potential problems with your project.
By working closely with an expert code official you can ensure your project is accomplished correctly, is safe, and will last. Their knowledge of building codes help to ensure your project goes off without a hitch!
Permitting protects you from potential lawsuits as well. If something were to happen with your project causing damage or injury, having a permit proves that you took all necessary precautions.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a permit helps protect the population by reducing the potential hazards cause by unsafe construction practices.
If you choose to modify your investment (your home), you can lower its value by not pulling permit.
Future buyers will want proof that modifications were done to code. If you can’t prove this you’ll bet they will want it inspected and you’ll be responsible for the changes required to bring it to code.
In extreme circumstances the city may require you to remove the project, leave it vacant (in cases of a full room remodel), or make costly repairs.
Many property insurers or warranters may not cover work done without proper permitting.
Lastly, city Building Officials also have the authority to require owners of new homes to bring projects performed by previous owners up to code or otherwise face penalties. This is why it is so important to have your home inspected by licensed professionals before you buy it.
Hopefully that caught you up and what permits are and why they are important for your home, your family, and your community.
Thanks for reading along!
The Proof is in the Plumbing!
CPM Real Estate Inspections. Building Permits are Very important to Buyers. Web. 2014. Accessed 9 June, 2014. ecitygov.net. Why Get Permits and Inspections. Web. 2008. Accessed 9 June, 2014. International Code Council. Benefits of Building Permits. Web. ND. Accessed 9 June, 2014.