If you are like most homeowners, you may not be familiar with building permits or even aware that you might need one for your renovation project. Here are some of the ins and outs of building permits.
Here is what you can typically expect to find in an older home:
Why do I need a building permit?
When do I need a permit?
Generally, a building permit is required for home renovations in Ottawa that involve changes to the structure or systems of your home. This includes new additions, reconfiguration of space by moving or removing walls, new window and door openings and installation of fireplaces. Electrical and plumbing permits may also have to be obtained separately.
Some repairs and renovations may not require a permit. These include re-roofing, painting, re-siding, flooring and cabinet installation, and replacement of windows and doors (provided the opening is not enlarged) – in brief, work that does not entail changes to structures or systems. Talk with your renovator, or check with your municipal building permit office to be sure. Also, find out if you need a permit to demolish old structures such as a garage, shed or porch, or to cut down a tree on your property.
What do I need?
Who should get the permit – me or my renovator?
Before a permit is issued, your plans and drawings are reviewed by the municipality. In general, municipalities try to approve simple projects quickly-sometimes in as little as 24 hours. Larger projects may require several weeks.
After the work begins, an inspector may visit your home to make sure it is done in compliance with municipal requirements. There may also be a separate electrical and plumbing inspection.
What happens if I don’t get a permit?
Working without a required permit may also affect an insurance claim arising from the renovation. Before any work begins on your home, check with your insurance representative, who can explain exactly what is needed to ensure continuous and adequate coverage, both during and after the renovation.
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If you are thinking about a home renovation project, please make sure to give the home renovation experts at Ben Ozorak Construction & Design a call at (613) 746-1176.
Whether it is Ottawa kitchen renovations, bathroom, or basement renovations in Ottawa, we would love to show you the projects that we’ve done and give you a quote.