Permit Process

For some addition or kitchen or bath or any type of remodeling projects,you need more than just skill and a good plan -you need your town's permission to start and complete the project.
Often the permit is required to insure that any changes will meet current building, electrical, plumbing and fire codes. This helps protect a home owner from unscrupulous contractors, or violations of safety regulations that may result in accidental property damage or injury, or liability when the house is sold.

The building permit is obtained from your local municipal planning department and works in three stages:(1) submission (2) approval of the initial remodeling plan, and (3) certification that the work has been completed satisfactorily.

How do I know if I need a permit in the first place? This is a major question for most people when it comes any remodeling project whether kitchen or bath. If you are making minor changes that can be easily reversed,or if the building infrastructure and system are not significantly altered a permit probably isn't necessary. Major improvements however, such as re-wiring,new plumbing, construction, generally require official per before work begins. If in doubt, talk to the planning department first: in many municipalities, the building inspectors are more than happy to explain what's needed to do the job correctly.

To obtain a permit, you or your contractor will be asked to complete some forms, and supply sketches or architectural drawings that detail the work to be done and the materials used.
This plan will then be reviewed by the planning commission to see if it is structurally sound and up to code. If not, you will be asked to revise it. Permit fees vary according the project's size and the projected cost.

If you are doing the job yourself, discuss your ideas first with a kitchen & bath designer or remodeling professional or someone at the planning department.

If you hire a licensed contractor to do the work,he or she can help you fill out the permit application.The approval process comes before the finishing work begins: the major alterations are complete but still exposed. An inspector comes to the site to see if everything has been done according to plan. If not, further modifications will be necessary before the project is approved. At the end of your project you will feel better,knowing that everything was done up to code.