confused about permits
Hi All, we are purchasing a home that needs some "minor" updates and we are trying to save money. I want to make sure we get the permits we need though. I called the town code enforcement, but I think the guy was a little biased because I'm a woman and told me I should just hire a GC and not worry about it and then hung up on me. Anyways, I began reading the code handbook.
We need some electrical - need a permit.
painting, flooring, counters, cabinets - no permit needed.
bathroom tiling - no permit needed
what if I want to expand the entryway into a room (i.e. from the kitchen to the dining room?). I'm not knocking down the whole wall (although a big chunk of it) - do I need a permit for this? if it's not a structural change do I need to submit plans?
I plan on calling the code enforcement again and if it comes down to it I will go visit them, but any insight would be appreciated as I'm sort of weary of them as they weren't too friendly to begin with. TYIA.