Do I Need a Permit for My Home Improvement Project?
Check with your local building department before beginning
home improvement projects. Requirements vary, but many building
departments require permits for home improvement projects,
including electrical, mechanical, structural or plumbing work.
As a result of getting a permit, an inspector will check the work.
Inspections provide a measure of safety to protect your life
Projects That Usually Require Permits:
• Installing electrical outlets
• Remodeling kitchens or bathrooms
• Installing a pool, spa or hot tub
• Building an addition, including seasonal rooms
• Installing appliances and replacements such as furnaces, boilers,
water heaters, fireplaces and space heaters
• Building a tall fence—over 6 feet in height
If you are planning to make home improvements, contact your local
building department (616-949-3765) to find out what building code
provisions apply in your area and if you need a permit.
Note: Many contractors will apply for the permit and schedule the
final inspections. Be sure to find out if your contractor supplies
Before undertaking a home improvement project, check out the
Cost VS Value 2010 Report From National Association of Realtors.
It will tell you local values on popular home improvement projects.
The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate,
the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in
West Michigan. We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!
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