Do You Need a Permit for Your Project at Home?

Do you need a permit?

Have you ever considered a project around your home and wondered whether or not a permit was required? Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or hire it all out, many repairs around the home do require permitting from the county.

Here are a few examples of when you might need a permit:

  • New deck
  • Anything structural – removing a wall, replacing damaged framing in a crawl space, adding a closet, etc.
  • HVAC change-outs
  • Plumbing appliance changeout – water heater, dishwasher, etc.
  • Adding or changing electrical wiring

Permits and the inspection process do add some time and cost to a project…but the system is designed to protect you, the homeowner from shoddy and sometimes unsafe work.

The current cost in Mecklenburg County for permits is $62.85 minimum per trade. Per trade means that if you build a covered porch and wire it up will need a building permit and an electrical permit, or two trades. This covers the fee for projects up to $3,000. From $3,000 to 50K add $12.83 per thousand of total contract cost over $3,000. Of course, if you hire a professional contractor, the cost of the permitting should be included in the total project cost.

If you are unsure whether you need a permit, or have any questions for the building inspection department, Mecklenburg County has set up a hotline for homeowners and contractors alike. It’s called RTAC, the Residential Technical Answer Center. Just call 704-432-7822 during regular business hours and all will be revealed.

Russ Halberstadt

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