As spring approaches, the thoughts of many homeowners turn to home improvements! Before you get started, remember that in most cases a building permit is required. You can call the Town’s Building Division at 303.841.1970 to discuss the need for a permit. It’s also a good idea to check in advance with your local Homeowner’s Association to determine if there are any neighborhood restrictions that apply.
Some common home remodel projects that require a building permit include, but are not limited to: basement finishes, decks, patios, furnaces and air conditioners (new or replacement), gazebos, shade structures, pools, hot tubs, re-roofing, large accessory structures, garden sheds, interior remodel, any plumbing or electrical work, new siding, windows (new or replacement), additions and kitchen or bathroom remodels.
Once you receive your building permit, be sure to place it in a window or other visible location that can be seen by our inspectors. Building permits are required by law, but they also provide third-party verification that you (or the contractor you hired) met the minimum code requirements for your project. Building permit applications, plan review requirements, permit fees and building guidelines can all be found online at www.parkeronline.org/building.
The Town also offers FREE homeowner building classes that cover a variety of home improvement projects. At each class, Building staff will walk you through the permitting process, as well as explain fees and required inspections. Classes are held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet. Upcoming 2013 class dates are March 21, June 20, Sept. 19 and Dec. 19.
Please note that on Tuesday, March 5, the Building Division is open for customer-related services, however, no field inspections will be performed.
If you have any questions about your home remodeling projects, please feel free to contact the Building Division at 303.841.1970 or visit us online at www.parkeronline.org/building.