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What Every Business Owner Needs to Know about Remodeling Permits

It’s something we all have to deal with. Like it or not, construction permits are a part of life, so if you are remodeling your commercial space, be sure to understand these essential steps in the process.

From completely changing a space to making small adjustments, construction permits help ensure quality and consistency while helping create a great community.

If you are considering a commercial remodel, remember this important permit information.

Commercial Permits: What You Need to Know

Permits Vary by State, County, and City

It’s important to remember that the specifics of each permit will vary depending on the area where your office, restaurant, commercial space, or business is located. For example, if you have a retail outlet in one city, and want to create a second outlet in the next county, you will likely deal with different codes and permits.

Ordinary Repairs Generally Don’t Require a Permit

Again, it will change depending on your area, but in most cases repairs that could reasonably be considered ordinary and routine will not require a permit. For example, replacing the gutters, painting the walls or exterior, or installing high-efficiency windows will not call for a permit.

Permits are Universally Required for Electrical, Plumbing, and other “Expert” Work

No matter where your commercial space is located, if you plan on making any electrical or plumbing changes, you can bet that you’ll have to deal with permits in some form. For obvious reasons, these tasks need to be handled by qualified experts, so make sure you are working with the right team and be sure to get your application for a permit in quickly so you can schedule the services of a busy professional.

If You are Changing the Use of the Space, Expect Complications

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but many of the complications that come from commercial remodeling are a result of changes in the use of the space. For example, if you want to remodel your retail space to include a small food vendor, you may have to get special permits from the city. Because of various zoning laws, you may experience complications when trying to adjust the use of your commercial space.

The Price of Permit Grows with the Price of the Project

In most jurisdictions, the price of the permit will change depending on the estimated cost of the project. For example, if it will only cost $400 to complete the task, the permit may cost about $15, but if it will cost over $5,000, it could cost $80. (This is just a rough example.)

Permit Fees Help Fund the Area

If you’re feeling a little hot-headed about all these permit fees, look on the bright side: not only do permits help ensure safe construction and long-lasting facilities, they have a positive impact on the community, helping to fund schools, roads, and more. If nothing else, consider it a contribution to your community!

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