Comply with Codes
Comply with Building Codes and Permits
Building codes are established by most cities, towns, and counties and vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. In addition, many local communities have established further restrictions and covenants which could affect your remodeling plans. It is wise to inquire at your local homeowners’ association so that planning may proceed in conformance with any regulations which may exist.
A building permit generally is required whenever structural work is involved or when the basic living area of a home is to be changed. For example, if you have a home with an unfinished basement and would like to finish off a portion of it for a family room, you would need a building permit in most jurisdictions because you have changed the basic amount of living space in your house from storage space to “livable” space.
The complex details of local building codes and permits are familiar details to a professional remodeling contractor who works in your community or town every day and know the local requirements. You must pay any fee required by your municipality and are responsible for penalties resulting from any failure to file required permits.