Building Department Reminders
Two things we hear in the building department quite often is “Does that need a permit?” or “My contractor told me I don’t need a permit for that”. Most, if not all projects even very small ones require some type of permit and inspection. Most view the permit and inspection process as a hindrance to the completion of their project. On the surface it may seem like a waste of time and money but it is a necessary service that protects the owner from potential problems. Inspections help to ensure the work was performed in a safe manner. In addition some inspections are required by law; for example new houses, additions, hot water tank replacements and electric panels. So when planning that new project and meeting with prospective contractors please keep the following points in mind:
- Research contractors; ask friends and neighbors, search the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. A reputable contractor can make all the difference in having a successful project, repair or installation.
- When choosing a contractor ask questions: Are they registered with the village? Do they get all proper permits and inspections? How long have they been in business? How long have they worked in the area and do they have any references?
- Compare materials from one contractor to the next; two contractors may have the same bottom line number but the materials may not be of the same quality. In construction just as in most anything else you get what you pay for.
- When in doubt about the need for a permit and or inspections, please feel free to call the Building Department we are glad to answer your questions. It’s much better to address any questions or concerns in the beginning of a project instead of after it has started.
Asking a few questions and keeping these few items in mind can make the difference between quality jobs that you will be happy with for years to come or one you will have problems with six months after completion.
For additional information on required inspections and or projects that do not require a permit see the Ohio Building Code or Residential Code of Ohio Section 102.10 & 108.2 or visit our website for a list of required inspections.