Wait just a minute, you might declare! That makes it sound like property owners need a permit to tighten a washer on a leaky faucet. We asked Jeff Lupton, a licensed general contractor for Lupton Design + Build in Atlanta, Ga., to clear up the confusion. So when exactly do you really need a permit? Find out on the next page. In this article, the first in a series exploring permit processes and requirements, learn why and when you might need one Matt Clawson March 3, 2015 Houzz contributor. Bathroom Remodeling Permit Regulations When preparing for a bathroom remodel, several factors come into play including the possibility of a permit. States vary on what they define as a “bathroom remodel”, in terms of major alterations requiring a permit. Determining if you need a permit for your home remodeling project can be difficult because permitting departments often frustrate homeowners’ attempts to sort out rules. Departments traditionally have prioritized commercial interests over those of homeowners doing their own work. If you are not sure if you need to pull a permit, any licensed contractor will know the answer once you start talking about your bathroom remodel project and scope of work. Obtaining Permits From a Contractor’s Point of View. Permits are a good thing because they ensure your project is being built safely and to code. Even so, there are a few things you need to know about getting bathroom permits from a contractor’s point of view. Check with your local building department if you want to be sure, but generally speaking, if your doing structural work (moving walls, changing door or window openings) or moving/adding plumbing, or electrical work, you probably need a permit. .
Michael, our check of regulations in Fairfax County, Virginia, where you live, found that a permit is, indeed, required for bathroom remodeling, including interior alterations and new plumbing or electrical fixtures. For some bathroom remodeling projects, you need more than just the right skills and a well thought-out plan-you need your town’s permission to start and complete the renovation. Most kitchen and bathroom renovations require an ALT2 permit application, which must be filed by a PE or RA. For example, you’ll need an ALT2 when: Adding a new bathroom; Rerouting gas pipes and adding electrical outlets; Moving a load-bearing wall; Work Without Permits. It’s illegal to do construction without the Department’s approval or permits. Consider the size of your project. If your remodeling projects are easily reversed, you likely do not need a home remodel permit. However, if you’re tackling major improvements, you will need a permit. Wiring, plumbing, construction and demolition usually require permission before you can start the project. .