Completing remodeling projects is no easy task. It requires a team of people each working together to perform.
Need one of the first steps? Draw a permit.
Most major remodeling projects require you to get the city approved project. Failure to do so could result in penalties. It is therefore always best to stay on the safe side.
But who gets permission? Has it been the architect who created the plans since he understood the project?
And what does it take to get a permit? That is exactly what we cover below. Read on to understand the process for your next remodel.
Why do you need to pull a permit?
Yes, even if you own the house, you still need to get major projects approved by the city’s planning department. Why?
The main foundation is to ensure the safety of you as a resident and anyone who will later live in your home after you move.
Over time, technology and understanding have improved. The safety regulations for buildings have become much more specific and strict. This is because new practices and standards ensure the highest level of security.
What was considered safe 20 or 30 years ago can now be considered obsolete. Additionally, the permitting process helps prevent substandard work that ignorant homeowners or lazy builders might try to cut corners on to save money.
However, if the walls are not built properly or the electrical wiring does not meet regulations, it can be dangerous for families living in the apartment.
In addition, there may be different requirements in different parts of the country. For example, Florida hit by hurricanes may have different safety requirements than homes in California’s fire hazard zones.
The department of your city will ensure that your home meets the requirements of your local weather and conditions.
Another reason for the approval process is energy efficiency. The municipalities are tense when it comes to energy consumption. Local governments across the country are encouraging residents and businesses to make their homes more energy efficient.
Why? Because if everyone is using too much energy at the same time (like using the air conditioning in the midsummer heat) it can cause the entire system to fail, resulting in blackouts.
With this in mind, building codes and permits will ensure that your remodeling implements best practices to save energy. This will ultimately help you as a homeowner and help the city move into a more sustainable future.
Are there penalties for not withdrawing a permit?
So is there a penalty for not pulling a permit? In fact, there may be some penalties for skipping approval and completing projects on your own.
If you skip the approval and the city learns about your project, it could end up getting you the approval anyway and double or triple the fee. Or you may be subject to other fines.
The penalty for not obtaining a permit in Florida is double the normal permit fee. Contractors who have received multiple fines may need to triple or quadruple the normal fee. And your insurance company may not cover accidents caused by improper work.
The city can force the construction to stop regardless of whether the project is completed or not. The work may also be demolished or vice versa to see if the work gets through to the code. You are responsible for all of these costs.
Additionally, the house can be difficult to sell. If, during inspections and assessments, it is found that the work was completed without proper approval, it can drastically slow or even cancel the escrow process with buyers.
Put simply, do not complete a project without approval and approval from the city.
Can an architect get a permit?
To apply for a building permit, you will first need a number of designs. In most cases, you can’t go to the city planning department and tell them what you are going to do.
You’ll need to hire an architect or other specialized designer to come up with a series of plans that describe exactly what the project involves. The city can then effectively review the scope of the project and provide any feedback or changes necessary to obtain approval.
Getting these plans is one of the first steps in your project. Can an architect get approval while designing the project?
No, only homeowners and licensed contractors can obtain permits for construction projects. As a homeowner, if you understand the approval process and plan to manage the remodeling yourself, you can get your own approval.
It is highly recommended that an experienced contractor be employed to manage the remodeling. Getting a permit is much easier when a contractor who has done this many times is responsible for obtaining the permit.
How to get approval and complete a project
Wondering how to get approval and get started on your project? It is quite a process and will take a long time. Make sure you plan ahead of time. The process can also vary by state and city.
In general, you will first complete a permit application. Then have your project drafted by an architect or a qualified designer.
Once you have the plans, you can arrange a planning approval meeting with the city planner. Less extensive projects are often approved over-the-counter.
Once approved, you will receive the building permit, which you will usually affix in a front-facing window on your house. During the project, the city may want to conduct various inspections to ensure that the work is being carried out properly.
For example, if you’re building new walls, you may want to check the electrics in the new wall before finishing it. Once the project is complete, you will receive final approval.
Save time and work with a contractor
Whether or not you hire a contractor to manage the project for you, the project will likely take a lot longer than you hope it will. It’s just the cost of building in a highly regulated society.
However, hiring a contractor can save you a lot of time and frustration when it comes time to get approval, get approval and of course complete the project.
If you’re not an experienced contractor yourself, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. And if you’re looking for more advice at home, read more on our blog today.