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Remodeling and Permits Go Hand-in-Hand

Spring is just around the corner!  It is typically one of the busiest times for home improvement projects.  Before you undertake a big project, you must be aware of the rules in the City of Richardson regarding permits.  Believe it or not, Richardson likely requires permits on projects you would not have even thought about.  Let’s run through a general understanding of the rules.

It goes without saying the codes vary from state to state and even city to city.  Generally a permit is required for remodeling projects that involve changes to the building’s existing footprint, electrical system or plumbing.   When work is done to refresh an existing structure, a permit is usually not necessary. For example, flooring/ceiling coverings, painting/papering, tiling or carpeting and interior wall decorations can usually be done without a building permit.  However, even if a permit isn’t required, certain projects may require licensed professionals for structural, electrical and plumbing work. If unsure, check with the City of Richardson or go to the following link:

Here is a quick list of projects that are more than a simple repair and likely require a permit in the City of Richardson:

  • Replacing the roof
  • Adding supporting walls or taking down load-bearing walls
  • Building in-ground concrete pool
  • Backyard shed or storage
  • Concrete sidewalks, driveways and slabs
  • Fencing
  • Carports
  • Foundation repair
  • Lawn irrigation
  • Patio cover or deck

There are several reasons why a building permit is required with most of the above projects:

  1. When a permit is filed, city officials will inspect the work completed at different stages to ensure the work complies with building codes.
  2. It protects your investment that you are making to improve the property.

Building permits need to be obtained before the project gets under way. If city officials spot a project without proper permits, work could be stopped until they are obtained leaving you with a fine.  If you are using a professional contractor, they typically pull the necessary permits for your project and are able to make sure they are pulling the proper permits for the project.  As professionals, they know what the requirements are in the City of Richardson. 

A homeowner often thinks they are exempt from obtaining a permit if they complete the work themselves.  This is not true and you will likely run into problems if you decide to sell or refinance. For example, if you decide to add or change square footage at your home and an appraiser’s square footage is different from county records, it triggers a search for a permit.  In today’s housing market, illegal construction is a risk for a lender and they will likely decline a loan.     

The lesson is easy…follow the rules and you can get those home improvements projects done with a peace of mind. 

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