The Importance of Pulling Permits for Exterior Remodeling Projects

Jun 21, 2018

“A contractor pulling a permit is a crucial step in any exterior remodeling project, especially roof replacement,” said Scott Cline, owner of J&B Construction. “The main reason is that it is a safeguard to protect the homeowner.” Although regulations can vary by municipality, a general rule of thumb is that a permit is required for projects that surpass maintenance, basic repairs, or simple aesthetic upgrades.

Not only does a permit ensure that the construction company is following proper building code, but it may also ensure that the contractor is certified, licensed, and has no open violations. Moreover, it provides future homeowners with accurate records, such as the age of the roof. “It’s also imperative that the contractor pulls the permit and not the homeowner because if you take out the permit yourself, you are legally responsible for the work being up to code instead of the contractor,” Scott said.

If a city building inspector finds out a permit was not pulled for a reroof or other exterior remodeling project, the homeowner can be fined for violating city building code, which can vary based on residence. In the case that anything was built on the property, city officials can order to have part or the entire project demolished if it does not follow building codes or zoning ordinances. Under certain circumstances, the city can even shut down a project altogether. “Remember to consider the viewpoint of a building inspector because their primary objective is to protect citizens and establish that the work they have done on their homes exhibits quality craftsmanship,” he said. If the city allows dishonest, uncertified contractors to work on houses, it likely won’t take long for their work to fall into disrepair. Homes that were once picturesque would be damaged beyond restoration. Furthermore, the city is careful to avoid legal issues, which is why it ensures that contractors meet or exceed the mandatory requirements.

As an added layer of precaution before you pay the final bill, you can call the city and confirm that the permit pulled by the contractor was finalized, meaning that all of the paperwork has been filed and is complete. “Not only will this extra step allow you to determine if anything was missed in the permit process, it also gives you peace of mind so you can rest assured that you and your contractor followed all of the necessary legal requirements for your roof replacement or other exterior project,” Scott said. Keep in the mind that the physical permit should be kept on-site throughout the duration of a project.

Even though permits cost money and take time to process, professional contractors with valid insurance will not proceed on a project until a permit is obtained. Plus, the benefits outweigh the risks, considering homeowners can face project delays, voided warranties, higher project costs and fines, difficulties selling the home, and more if they’re caught without one. On top of that, anyone, including a neighbor, is capable of calling the building department to determine if a permit has been issued. “Ultimately, permits, inspections, and other regulations were created to keep homeowners and their families safe,” said Scott.

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 The only complaint I have is when I have J&B do my roof in another 30 years or so, is Dave their sales man (a great guy) would not guaranty I could get the same great crew I had this time. They did a fantastic job. Much better than the last roofing company did. A nice bunch of guys. Did a very nice job cleaning up. I'd give them 10 stars but 5 is the limit. If you need a roof done this is the company you want to do it. One more point I need to make. The guys that did the chimney flashing are artists. I went up on the roof when they were done and was very pleased with not only the roofing job but the sculptured sheet metal work. It's kind of a shame it's on the roof and not hanging on the family room wall :). You get the point. Hire em. You'll like em. 
 We live in a historic designated neighborhood and recently had our 30 year wood shingle roof replaced with another wood roof and new gutters. From Day 1 of the project to the final day, the entire team was responsive, professional, and very competent. When some minor changes were proposed by us they quickly and effortlessly complied. After going through this experience with J&B, I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a roof and gutter replacement, whether it be a simple or complicated project. 
 J & B did an amazing job from start to finish. The initial meeting at my home took place exactly at the time that was agreed upon and Scott was thorough in his explanations and transparent about costs. When the time came to begin the project, the team that showed up was friendly, professional and timely in getting the project done. The cleanup afterward was such that it looked like they hadn't been there at all. The roof looks great, there were no surprises and Scott came by to inspect the work and explain the warranty upon job completion. I would highly recommend them. 
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