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Many homeowners are not aware when a permit is required. Whenever a homeowner undertakes either renovations or additions to a dwelling or is installing or replacing a heating appliance or water heater or installing an electrical fixture or fixtures or outlets, they must first obtain a permit for the work (after completing a Disclosure Statement and having it recorded at the Register of Deed's office). A phone call to the Building Codes office should be made prior to the work commencing so that we may provide you with the proper applications and/or information.
The reason for the permits is a simple one. It is to ensure adequate maintenance of buildings and to adequately protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people and to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations. The codes are ever changing and sometimes a homeowner may not be aware of these changes. We ensure that the work is performed properly and in a workmanship type manner.
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1. A permit is required for most work / improvements (excluding some interior remodeling including painting, doors, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work).
2. General Contractor requirements:
3. Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, and Mechanical Contractors:
A homeowner who owns his own home and lives there and is performing work himself may be issued a permit (after completing a Disclosure Statement and having it recorded at the Register of Deed's office). A homeowner cannot work on a home he owns that is for rent or for sale per Section 40-11-360(5) of the Contractors' Licensing Act.
Any individual performing work on someone else's property is considered a contractor and is required to have the items listed in numbers 1 and 2.
If a contractor requests that the owner obtain the permit, please don't. If this happens, the contractor may not be properly licensed, bonded, and therefore may not want to be responsible for his work. If you have any doubt as to a contractor's qualifications, please do not hesitate to call 525-7040.
A permit is good for 6 months from the date of issue. An extension may be granted if the owner or contractor can provide a reason why the extension is warranted.
You can put your complaint in writing and submit it in one of the following ways: