It can be difficult to know whether a municipal permit is required to conduct home improvements. The requirements for when a permit is necessary vary from town to town, so make sure to check with your local building department before starting a repair or home improvement project. Certainly some minor work can be completed without permits, but the jobs that do necessitate municipal approvals may sometimes be a surprise for a homeowner.
Some instances where a permit is generally required include:
- Replacing a hot water heater, furnace/boiler or HVAC system
- Installing a fence
- Finishing a basement or attic that will include plumbing or electrical work
- Building an addition or even changing a floor plan
- Updating a kitchen or bathroom if plumbing or electrical work are included
- Replacing windows or a roof
- Putting up an outdoor shed
Once a permit is issued and the work is completed, the municipality’s representative will inspect the work to confirm it is done to code before the permit is closed out. If the permit is not properly closed out, it may create problems for the resale of the property. So it is important to have it addressed timely and properly and avoid safety and financial concerns in the future.
Should you have any questions regarding permits or how they effect real estate transfers, please reach out to Petriello Law as real estate is our primary practice area.