WHEN TO GET A BUILDING PERMIT AND WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T GET ONE
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain a permit even if he or she is working with a plumbing contractor. At Plumbing Connection, you will never have to worry about the consequences of failing to obtain the appropriate permits for any and all work we perform. We are glad to take care of getting the required permits for you.
Additionally, we will always be able to advise you if you need a permit for the work that needs to be done. You should always be informed about what requires a permit and what doesn’t when you are having any kind of plumbing work done on your home.
Many plumbing companies don’t bother to either know about permits or to apply for one, but keep in mind, since you are ultimately the one responsible for obtaining the permit, you will be the one suffering the headaches if you choose to work with a plumbing company who does not do their homework regarding required permits, up-to-date-licensing, and adequate insurance.
POTENTIAL NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT OBTAINING REQUIRED PERMITS
Your homeowners insurance might not cover resulting damages from leaks or floods that develop because of shoddy work.
If you are planning to refinance your home, lenders may not want to work with you if your house has renovations that were not completed to code. This will be discovered during the required appraisal process. Each time an inspector approves renovations that comply with current building codes, the tax assessor records these changes and if there is non-permitted work that was completed, the appraiser may not be able to meet the value.
You may accrue fines and penalties that far exceed the cost of the original permit. Fines can be as much as $100 per day.
If the inspector discovers you are having work done without a permit, the City can order you to tear out the work you had done and redo it.
If you are planning to sell your house, having unpermitted work in your house may cause you to lose the sale. If a buyer sees that there is no permit, it’s safe for them to assume the work completed isn’t up to code. The potential buyer, or the buyer who is already involved in the home buying process, may back out of the purchase entirely.
If you sell your house, you may be fined for undocumented permit fees, back property taxes, and additional fines. For example, if the city and county records have the house listed as being 1,500 square feet and it is now 3,000 square feet and there is no permit related to an addition, they will put two and two together. Because the addition was never recorded with the assessor’s office, the City is within its rights to fine the seller.
Many times homeowners think that permits are only required for a major remodels and not for the average small project; this is not necessarily true. Many seemingly small plumbing projects need to be permitted by the county; at Plumbing Connection, we will verify the local plumbing permit requirements before any work is done.
Most all larger plumbing projects require a permit and inspection:
Re-pipes: A re-pipe requires changing out all of the water supply pipes in the home, so it is a significant project. Re-pipes are usually done by a professional plumber and require a permit.
Drain line replacements: Replacing the drain pipes is a large job that will most often require a permit.
Sewer replacement: Any work involving sewer lines is likely to require a permit because of safety codes that must be met.
Water Heater: Replacing a commercial water heater is considered a large plumbing project and North Carolina requires a permit. NC does not require one for residential water heater replacement as long as it’s like-for-like
Moving existing plumbing to a different location: Whenever plumbing is moved from one location to another, it is considered a remodel. Building code requirements must be observed, and a permit will be required.
There are national plumbing codes to help standardize work done by plumbers. However, the local state and county regulations must be followed since they supersede all others. At Plumbing Connection, we are very familiar with regulations for Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties and pride ourselves on having a reputation for doing work that not only meets code standards, but surpasses them.
Plumbing and building safety codes are put in place for the protection of the public so they should not be ignored. At Plumbing Connection, we will always protect you by getting a permit whenever it is required for your plumbing project.