As you might expect, breaking ground on a new home isn’t as simple as just grabbing a shovel.
In order to make sure that the building process is safe for everyone involved, including the neighbors, you’ll have to file for the appropriate building permits.
If the process feels intimidating to you, don’t worry: our experts here at Walgrove can walk you through every step of the process as they negotiate the permit for you.
Before we dive in, here are a few things you should know about the permitting process.
What Is A Building Permit For?
The shortest answer to this question is simple: a building permit exists to keep you safe.
Building permits put in place guidelines that make sure every part of the building process meets health and safety codes. That impacts things like wiring, putting pipes in place, and digging out basements.
Beyond simply keeping your home livable, a home built entirely up to code with a building permit on file will have significantly more resale value. It’s a way of ensuring that your house is going to have value not just as your current home, but for whatever residents live there in the future — whether that’s you or someone else.
For this reason, you’ll want to keep essential permitting information on file.
Which Projects Need Permits?
If you’re choosing to remodel an existing home instead of build a new one from scratch, you might be wondering: do I really need a permit at all?
All new structures require a permit, from a house to a backyard shed. Additions and structural changes require a permit as well, as does anything requiring wiring and plumbing work.
This means that you can safely assume any remodeling that goes deeper than surface work (like painting or cabinets will require a permit.
What Does a Permit Cost?
According to Home Advisor, the overall national average for a home building permit is currently $1,061. However, there is a wide range on either side of that figure, with the majority of homeowners spending between $435 and $1,812.
As you might expect, there is a lot of variance by region. The cost of your permit will be impacted by where you’re building as well as by the scale of your home build.
It really depends on your project and the specific fee schedule of your locality.
How Long Does It Take?
After a permit has been applied for, by yourself or your contractor, the length of time before it’s approved is likely to depend on the scale of your project.
If it’s a remodel or addition, it could be approved quickly. If it’s a full house build, it may take several weeks.
You should bear in mind also that permits in general apply to a specific timeframe. If you don’t begin your build within the timeframe approved by the permit, you might need to reapply.