Permitting…When is it Required?

I am often asked when a project should be permitted or not.  In most cases, it is always good to error on the side of planning to get a permit.  Obvious situations like a house addition, new bathroom, or new garage should always be permitted.  When projects like these are performed, you want to make sure the upgrade adds value to the house or property.  If it is not permitted, the new upgrades may not show up on the local property appraiser records and become a red flag for the property when trying to sell. Going without permit also puts the Owner in a risky position of improper work that could require repairs, corrections, and fines costing a lot more than the original project.  When it is permitted, the proper approvals and inspections are completed. It then becomes a legal and sell able change to the property, making sure the additional value is recognized.

Some key items that require a permit include, but are not limited to:

– Additions
– Structural Changes
– Roofing
– HVAC and Water Heaters
– Plumbing Re-Pipe, Tub Replacement
– Electrical Upgrades and Re-wires
– Doors and Windows

Some scope that may not require a permit include, but are not limited to:

– Cabinets
– Flooring
– Paint
– Some Landscaping
– Plumbing Fixture Repairs
– HVAC Service
– Light Fixture Replacement
– Trim work
– Drywall Repairs

Below are some links to jurisdictions in the Tampa Bay Area with more information on permit requirements:

City of Tampa

Hillsborough County

City of St Petersburg

City of Clearwater

Pinellas County

Brandon Leske
Hybrid Construction LLC
Tampa Bay General Contractor – 203K Loan Contractor
Interior Remodel – Commerical and Residential