When to Get a Permit when Remodeling

Homeowners and flippers should get a permit for any work that requires one, regardless of whether they are planning to live in the home or sell it immediately.

Some common examples of work that require a permit include:

  • Structural changes, such as adding or removing walls, or adding a deck or patio
  • Electrical work, such as installing new wiring or outlets
  • Plumbing work, such as installing new fixtures or pipes
  • HVAC work, such as installing or relocating a new furnace or air conditioner
  • Roofing work
  • Pool installation

It is important to note that the specific requirements for permits vary depending on the municipality where the property is located. Homeowners and flippers should check with their local building department to determine which permits are required for the specific work they plan to do.

In general, it is best to get the necessary permits before starting any work on a property. This will help to avoid any delays or problems down the road. If a home flipper is caught doing work without a permit, they may be fined or required to undo the work.

Here are some additional tips for home flippers who are getting permits:

  • Apply for permits early. The permitting process can take several weeks or even months, so it is important to start the process early.
  • Be prepared to provide detailed plans and specifications for the work you plan to do. The building department will need to review these plans to ensure that the work meets all applicable codes.
  • Be patient and cooperative. The permitting process can sometimes be frustrating, but it is important to be patient and cooperative with the building department staff.

By following these tips, homeowners and flippers can ensure that they get the necessary permits for their projects and avoid any delays or problems.