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Old 02-23-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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I will be upgrading the old wiring in my house. I know I need an electrical permit to do this. Do I also need building permit for tearing down drywall in order to get to the electrical wiring? (This is in san francisco).

Also, will doing this require reappraisal? On the assessors office website, it states: "If the construction is new (such as a room addition), a reappraisal is required. If the construction is for replacement, repair, or maintenance, a reappraisal is not required." I'm not sure what constitutes an new addition. I have a 2 rooms in the basement that was not permitted when I purchased it. Since I am basically tearing down to the studs to rewire, and I want it permitted, does that now count as a new addition?

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If it was not permitted/inspected before then legally you need it permitted & inspected now

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yes, i understand that. I want everything done right and permitted, which is all going to be part of the renovations. My question is, does this fall under the catergory of remodeling existing structure, or is it considered an addition?

I'm pretty handy when it comes to building/fixing things, but documents & paperwork is always a nightmare.
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Different localities define this differently. Around here, the only thing that adds to the appraisal is a major upgrade or addition. Wiring is condsidered maintenance, a complete bathroom or kitchen redo might not be.
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Basement rooms need to be inspected & permitted to be considered living space
Only your local Building Dept can answer your question on what they require
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Typically only adding to the square footage of the footprint of the house can trigger a reappraisal - YMMY, depending on your locale - check with your building department.
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Without seriously expanding or remodeling a large portion of the home, I doubt you'll get any interest from the appraiser's office at all. They don't have any idea of the condition of the interior of your home other than maybe knowing the bathroom and bedroom counts and total square footage.
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If it was not permitted/inspected before then legally you need it permitted & inspected now
But (probably) no reassessment! (Hopefully)!
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My advice is to have the electral work performed by someone qualified, which might be yourself. Most areas require a licensed electrician. In either case you should be able to do the sheetrock yourself. If this qualified person doesn't insist you get a permit you may be able to save a few dollars.
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