Does My Remodeling Project Require a Permit?

Does My Remodeling Project Require a Permit?

Permitting can be the most complicated part of a home remodeling project.

Permitting can be the most complicated part of a home remodeling project. Not having your permits in order can strain your schedule and even result in costly fees. Depending on the area you live in, you may need permits for some types or sizes of projects, but not others. This can all get murky and frustrating for homeowners seeking to remodel, build, or simply update their home. Luckily, we’ve got a helpful guide to the projects you should be aware typically require some type of permit that can help you stay on track and on schedule with your home remodeling project.

The Roof

The roof can be a tricky project to take on concerning permits. While permits are required in order to change the roofline of your home, laying new roof with similar materials can typically be done without seeking a permit. This has to do with meeting building codes to avoid roof leakage, plumbing issues, and costly damages.


Some plumbing projects will require permits, while others will not. Permitting will depend on the scale of your remodel. For example, replacing sinks or other fixtures in your kitchen or bathroom will not require a permit so long as they do not impact plumbing lines. But if you are moving a sink, and therefore the drain line, this can require a permit depending on your city or county. Plumbing projects that are very likely to require a permit include putting in new hose bibs on the outside of your house.


Walls can also be tricky when it comes to permitting. If you are demolishing a load-bearing wall, you will definitely need a permit. However, demolishing a non-load-bearing wall won’t always require one. Luckily, parking a roll-off dumpster on your property to take care of the demolition debris will likely not require a permit.

Doors and Windows

When it comes to installing windows and doors, always make sure you have the proper permits to create a new opening for any door, window, or even skylight in your home. Replacing windows and doors may seem like a simple task, but you should also make sure to check before replacing, as these might just require a permit, too. Your trusted home improvement professional should be able to help you determine when you may need permits during your home remodel.

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