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Will I Need to Apply for a Permit to Remodel My Home?

Unfinished home remodel project

Figuring out whether you need to apply for a remodeling permit can be a confusing task to figure out. For many projects, you may be required to apply for a permit because you need to comply with the local building codes. Because this can be a perplexing process, we’ve compiled a few of our frequently asked questions about permits for remodeling projects to help you figure out if you’ll need one to remodel your home.

What Types of Projects Usually Require a Remodeling Permit?

There’s no hard and fast rule here since each city has its own rules and regulations. Generally speaking, any remodel that affects public and personal safety, plumbing, electrical, or natural gas, will likely need a remodeling permit.

What Remodeling Projects Don’t Usually Require a Permit?

Typically, you won’t need to apply for a remodeling permit if you are doing any of the following projects:

  • Laying a new roof with the same or similar material

  • Laying new flooring

  • Replacing a sink

  • Interior or exterior painting

  • Installing new siding

  • Installing a fence

  • Replacing kitchen fixtures and appliances

What Remodeling Projects Might Require a Permit?

Here are a few projects that might require you to get a permit:

  • Moving a sink that involves a new drain and plumbing

  • Demolishing non-load-bearing walls

  • Replacing doors or windows

  • Cutting down a tree on your property

  • Building a retaining wall (if it’s less than 4 feet, it often doesn’t require a permit)

You should discuss each service with your contractor or call the local permitting office.

Can a Contractor Pull Permits?

What Remodeling Projects Almost Always Require a Permit?

In most instances, the following projects will almost always require you to apply for a permit. It’s best to go directly to your local permitting office to apply or double check if you need one.

  • Demolishing a load-bearing wall

  • Changing the roofline

  • Changing the blueprint of your house or expanding the square footage

  • Installing any new electrical wiring

  • Building a two-story deck or a deck that is higher than 30 inches above grade

  • Altering or connecting to any sewer line

  • Building any additions to your house or building a new garage or driveway

  • Installing a new door or window in a spot that didn’t previously have one

  • Installing a fireplace or wood-burning stove

  • Installing a new furnace or water heater

Will a Contractor Apply for My Remodeling Permit?

A good contractor will always apply for the remodeling permits you require. They are well-informed about the rules and can quickly fill out the paperwork so that your permit is approved by the city. If in doubt, contact a contractor to help you with your building permits.

Marcotte General Contracting Can Help You Get Your Permit

Not only will we help you identify whether you need a remodeling permit, but we will take care of all the paperwork in a timely and efficient manner. Our nationwide contractors are expertly trained and are professional from start to finish, so you can rest assured that your remodeling project will go smoothly and you will get the result you want. For more information about any of our services, contact us online or call us at [di_option option=”di_phone_sales”]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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15900 W 101st Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
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