Renovation Permits

dano

if I’m remodeling a bathroom and staying within the footprint, not disturbing the ceiling or lighting and replacing shower tiles, plumbing fixtures, but not moving any lines, do I need to pull permits?TIA


Robert_Casotto

not if you’re feelin lucky.


jmitw

if you are just replacing fixtures and not pipes/wires, you shouldn't need a permit.  if you are putting  in new pipes (other than just replacing a small section that is worn out), you likely do


FilmCarp

What are you doing with the electrical?  You may need a permit for that.


cubby

Not sure what Maplewood's rules are about this. Likely, a permit is required. However, many people do this exact job without permits. Right or wrong, this is commonly done.


dano

lights are 3- 4” cans in the ceiling and one 6” above the shower. Not touching the lights or moving existing outlet. 


peteglider

permits are really no big deal if the work is done correctly, even if it’s DIY. 

Put down a reasonable cost for the work, the permits don’t cost much.

Bit of a hassle factor involves waiting for approvals and scheduling rough in and final permits.

Just do it!


dano

it’s only a 1.5 bath home. I’d rather not have to bathe in the basement slop sink for any longer than necessary!cheese


cubby
dano said:
it’s only a 1.5 bath home. I’d rather not have to bathe in the basement slop sink for any longer than necessary!cheese

 Yes, thats when it really is a PITA to have a permit. Your'e without the full bath for a week without waiting for inspectors. 


jmitw

permits are easy, its the inspectors that can be an issue.  I once dealt with a plumbing inspector who came in yelling and even yelled at me for not knowing the contractor was doing the job wrong.....and refused to say what was wrong/the right way to do it.


some of the inspections seemed to be a joke...5 second look and out the door.


I was without a tub for about a week, tore up on a Monday, rough inspection within the next couple days, put a tub in on friday..but just a tub, no shower yet...that was a couple more weeks.....but at least the tub was usable...I had been using a bucket filled with hose water from outside.

they actually needed the tub in for the plumbing rough inspection...it was a while ago, i don't remember the exact details


max_weisenfeld

One of the clearest arguments for using a contractor who is known and knows the community and the permitting process is what that contractor will save you in time and heartache


the18thletter
jmitw said:



some of the inspections seemed to be a joke...5 second look and out the door.




 I believe the real reason for permits is so they can tax the improvements accordingly. Every inspection I've had done has been the 5 sec look and out the door. 




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