When Do You Need a Permit for a Home Improvement Project?

Posted 02/27/2016 by Samantha Stinocher

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While not all home improvement projects will require a construction permit, it's important to find out if your specific project will need one. By obtaining the right renovation permits, you'll not only avoid the hassle of issues such as leaks and electrical shortages, but also the possibility of having to pay fines and penalties. 

What Projects Need a Permit?

Permit requirements will vary among different jurisdictions, so you'll need to find out the specific requirements for yours and find the right remodeling professional. However, the projects listed below typically have specific building permit requirements, regardless of the jurisdiction. 

  • Cutting holes when installing new windows that are larger than the old ones. This includes cutting holes for skylights, as well as new doors and windows. 
  • Installing or repairing a fence. You'll also want to check if there's a height restriction prior to making any material purchases or beginning work. 
  • Installing or replacing plumbing work
  • Installing or replacing electrical wiring. 
  • Any kind of structural change, including porches, balconies, decks, and roofs. 
  • Most additions, new construction, and remodeling projects. This includes most detached structures like garages and sheds. 

Building an Addition on a Ranch Home
Building an Addition on a Ranch Home

What Projects Don't Need a Permit?

Below are a few examples of small projects that don't usually require a permit but you'll still want to check with your jurisdiction to be certain. 

  • Installing floors or carpeting
  • Installing new countertops
  • Installing or replacing a faucet
  • Painting and wallpapering
  • Minor electrical repairs and light fixture installations

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If you're really uncertain about permit requirements, consider hiring a professional. Professionals will have the experience and knowledge about whether your project will need any permits and, if so, will be able to obtain them. To discuss your home improvement project and see our wide selection of tile, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants. 

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