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Cantor’s Corner: Construction Permits

Cantor’s Corner: Construction Permits

Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

Gregg Cantor Headshot Smallby Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

When undertaking home remodeling, maintenance or repairs, construction permits are often required. Some contractors try to skirt the system by telling you a permit is not needed. In San Diego, construction permits are required with these exceptions:


  1. Re-roofing in some cities
  2. Retrofit windows, as long as there is no change in the size of the window
  3. Cosmetic remodeling like painting and flooring
  4. Replacing fixtures and finishes “in kind” without adding electrical or plumbing


You might also be tempted to save a few bucks by skipping the permits and their associated fees. Here a few compelling reasons to pull a permit:


  1. If you sell your home, the buyer most likely will ask for proof of permit.
  2. All new work will need to meet present code.
  3. Your building inspector is another layer of protection, making sure the work is completed properly.
  4. Code inspection can impose stiff fines and stop work.


I strongly recommend pulling a permit for any home improvement other than the exceptions above. It will ensure you and your family are safe and could save you thousands for dollars if you sell your home.


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