Do I need a building permit?

In most cases, you will need a building permit from the town for your remodeling project. There are some exceptions, such as minor cosmetic repairs, painting, tile work, and some cabinetry projects that cost less than $1,000. Most projects that require a contractor: window replacements, kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, deck installations, and additions, require a building permit and inspections from the town.

Why is it important to get a building permit?

You must obtain a building permit before starting your remodeling project. Building permits are ensure that work is done correctly and safely. They also help to prevent bad workmanship. When an inspector reviews the work, they check that the code is being followed. It is illegal and unlawful to complete work without first filing an application with the building department and obtaining the permit unless the work is exempt.

How to get a building permit.

Your contractor can apply for a building permit at your town’s building department. They will need to supply copies of: Contract, Plans, Licenses, Insurance, and product specifications. Homeowner’s can also apply for a permit. BUT you should NEVER choose a contractor who wants you to this this.

What happens after the permit is applied for?

After applying for a building permit, an inspector will review the plans to ensure that they comply with building codes. If the plans are approved, they will issue a permit. Depending on the project, your application may also have to be approved by several other town departments, such as the Assessors Office, Zoning, and Conservation.

What if I don’t get a building permit?

If you complete work without a required building permit, you may be fined or even required to remove the work. In some cases, you may also be liable for damages if your work causes any problems.

It is always a good idea to check with your contractor and building department to see if you need a building permit.

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.