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Old 09-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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if i plan to remodel my kitchen/bathroom, what permits would need to be acquired? i am assuming electrical & plumbing; what about construction? no structure will be moved, just re-sheetrocking and putting new insulation in the walls?

and for my second question, say i were to obtain a electrical permit & do my electrical to code (for insurance purposes) but do not get something like a construction or plumbing permit; does this affect/ cause grief (to inspector and possibly say something to the town hall) for my other obtained permits?

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This is a very common question on this forum. The only person who can tell you what permits are needed is the code enforcement official in your area, who could be the building inspector, or there may be a separate wiring inspector. Generally it is a simple matter to call the Town Hall or City Hall, make an appointment with the inspector to discuss your project, then go in to obtain the appropriate forms and make the payment.

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Your local Building Department will be able to tell you all the permits that you will need to have, including permit fee rates.

They will also be able to tell you what you need to include (provide with the permit application), when turning that in for review.

Areas generally will require that a main building permit be issued first, that the electrical and plumbing permits are "assigned under".
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Go to city hall and speak with the building department. It took me 5 minutes and I'm happy I did it.
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i guess i had more of a curiosity of getting just 1 permit (say electrical) and not getting another (say plumbing or construction)? would the electrical not pass or would the inspector say something about not pulling all needed permits? not trying to be cheap just wondering if this was the norm among diy'ers?
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If you apply just for the electrical permit, you will run the risk that the person doing the inspection will notice that you also should have applied for a plumbing permit and report you, in which case you will have to apply for the plumbing permit anyway. I think you already know this. I strongly advocate getting all the necessary permits for the simple reason that if anything goes wrong in future, your house insurance may not cover any damage if you did not get a permit. This happened to a friend of mine who had a house fire and it was determined that it was faulty wiring from a basement reno, and they didn't have a permit to do the renovation work, so their house insurance would not cover the damage caused by the fire. I have a more detailed discussion of this on my website http://www.home-additions-startup-gu...quirement.html

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It all depends on your town etc. I was actually surprised that my guy said:

"So ....... you're not changing the layout of your kitchen, you're just taking cabinets down and putting them in the same place the old ones were ....... well technically you're supposed to get a plumbing permit if you remove the sink at any point, but if you could somehow do this without removing the sink you wouldn't have to pull any permits - do you catch my drift?"

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i called my locals on the phone. Five minute conversation with them, during which time they informed me that they didnt care what i did as long as it wasnt illegal, and if was illegal, insurance wouldnt cover any damages. No permits needed unless adding square footage. If it belongs to you, you dont even have to have a permit to move a house! That tells you how different things are by region. Some regions you need a permit to piss in the yard, some places you dont need one for anything. So call or pay a visit to your local city hall.

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