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Securing a Permit for an Addition

Building codes and zoning regulations vary from place to place. However, in almost all cases, you will need a permit to build a home addition. Whether you’re adding a small sunroom or an entire second story, pulling a permit will be an important step in completing your project.

Securing the necessary permits is one of the most important steps of building an addition. If you are unable to pull the permits, unfortunately, your project will be over before it even begins. Use the information below to learn more about securing a permit for a home addition project.

What’s included in the permit application? The permit application requirements will vary by jurisdiction. When building a home addition, you will likely have to submit a land survey or site plan, in addition to the blueprints (or floor plan) of the project. These drawings must be detailed and done to scale. For some, you may need to provide material specifications as well. For a very simple addition, you may be able to create these plans yourself. However, in most cases, you’ll need to enlist the services of a draftsman, home designer, or architect.

Who submits the permit application? In some cases, you will be able to submit the permit application yourself. However, for some permits, a licensed professional must submit the permit on your behalf. This may be a home builder, general contractor, or architect. For some projects, this part of the process may be handled by a permit expediting service.

How long should it take to get the permit? There is no easy answer to this question. The time required to get a permit is always unpredictable. It can take hours, days, or weeks. Each municipality has unique application requirements and different resources at their disposal. The building department in your town may be short-staffed, delaying the approval of your permit. If you are undertaking a very complex project, this can also extend your wait time.

How much do building permits cost? For a home addition, it’s likely that you’ll need more than one permit. You’ll need them for plumbing, electrical work, and other tasks. Permit costs and inspection fees vary from city to city. A permit that costs $40 in one town may cost $100 in another town. Information about the costs in your jurisdiction may be available online. In many cases, it can be found on the building department’s website. If not, a trip to city hall may be your best bet. Your architect or general contractor will be able to guide your through the permitting process.

Who is responsible for scheduling inspections? Securing the permit is really just the first step. After the work has been completed, you’ll need to schedule an inspection to get final approval. These inspections can usually be scheduled over the phone. The building inspector will come out to your property at the specified time and sign off on the work once it is up-to-code.

What if I start construction without a permit? You should never break ground on a project before you have the right permits. Building codes are designed to keep you and your neighbors safe. Failing to secure the right permits may result in monetary fines, legal action, and/or other penalties.

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