structural inspectionExpired Permit | When you are building or remodeling your home, there are a number of permits you will need to secure from your local municipality including a building permit. Urban and Suburban areas require more permits than rural areas, so always check with your local township offices before beginning a project; however, there are the projects most towns require a building permit for:

  • New Construction
  • Adding onto a home
  • Major Remodeling
  • Structural Changes
  • Plumbing work
  • Mechanical work
  • Electrical work

How to Get a Permit

The homeowner and/or contractor completing the work must fill out applications for the appropriate permits required by the town and return the forms, with fees due to the government office that handles permitting for the property’s location. Sometimes, permits are immediately approved and other times they must be approved and sometimes even be voted on by zoning boards or city councils.

Permits always have effective and expiration dates. Construction may only occur between these time frames.

Permitting Problems

Permits are expensive and generally cost over $1,000. Some areas of the country charge considerably less for permits, while other more affluent cities may charge much more. Permits have expiration dates which means that you have to renew your permit and pay a renewal fee every 6 months on average. This can be a big problem for contractors and homeowners because they have time constraints imposed on them to get a project done. No matter if a natural disaster happens, the entire crew falls ill, or some other problem befalls the project an expired permit means that all construction must stop.

If you are selling your home, most states require that any open permits that you have for the property be closed before a sale of the home can happen. This means that even if you need one more week for a project, you will have to renew and close out that expired permit before the buyer can purchase your home.

For a reliable project manager that can make sure your permitting and building projects are done on time, call Beryl Project Engineering!