Spring is just around the corner and this is the time of the year when thoughts go to home improvements! As you consider making changes or enhancements to your home, remember that in most cases, a building permit is required. Before you start your project, give the Building Division a call to discuss the need for a permit. It’s also a good idea to check in advance with your local Homeowner Association’s architectural control committee 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:
Decks and Patios
Furnaces/Air Conditioners (new or replacement)
Gazebos or Shade Structures
Pools and Hot Tubs
Large Accessory Structures, Garden Shed, (over 200 sf)
Any Plumbing Work
Any Electrical Work
Windows- Replacement or New Installations
Commercial Remodel or Tenant improvement
Change of Occupancy Type/Use
Once you receive your building permit, be sure to place the permit in a window or other visible location that can be seen by our building 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. They also provide the homeowner with an inexpensive resource for construction-related questions and give you access to expertise in all fields, including plumbing, mechanical, electrical, framing and finish.
Building permit applications forms, plan review requirements, permit fees, building guidelines and the Homeowner building class schedule can all be accessed on the Town’s Web site at www.parkeronline.org/building.
The Town also offers FREE homeowner building classes several times a year that cover many of the projects mentioned above. At each class, Building staff will walk you through the permitting process, explain fees and the required inspections. This is a good opportunity to meet the people who will help you with the application and plan permit process, and also to meet with the field inspectors.
Classes start at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 20120 E. Mainstreet. Upcoming 2011 class dates are:
Thursday, March 10
Thursday, June 9
Thursday, Sept. 8
Thursday, Dec. 8
If you have any questions about your home remodeling projects, please feel free to contact the Building Department at 303.841.1970 or visit us online at www.parkeronline.org/building.