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Remodel Start to Finish: When Do You Need Building Permits?

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Gregg Cantor
by Gregg Cantor

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President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

When do you need building permits? Well, most home remodeling projects require a building permit. This is often an area that lesser “Chuck in a Truck” type contractors will skip over in order to keep costs down. You may be incorrectly told that your project doesn’t require a permit. If your contractor says your project doesn’t require a permit, get a second opinion, or consider the following tips below.

 When Do You Need Building Permits?

1) Anytime there is electrical, HVAC or plumbing work (beyond just replacing a toilet or faucet), a permit is required.

2) If there are no changes to exterior walls or interior structural work, a simple online or over-the-counter permit can be required for general remodeling, kitchens and baths. It’s easier to obtain, but is still required.

3) Removing load bearing walls, changing windows, modifying door sizes, adding square footage of living space or any changes to the building envelope (exterior walls and roof system) require a building permit.

san diego Online Permit screenshot When do you need building permits in san diego? Use the county's online tool to find what you need and apply.

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