Frequently Asked Questions by Homeowners and Contractors
Homeowner/Contractor Frequently Asked Questions
This is NOT an all-inclusive list, however, it covers the most common questions…
- A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or demolish any building, or part thereof.
- All new construction work requires a building permit.
- All existing construction work, if altering the original building, requires a building permit.
- The following repairs/replacement projects ALWAYS require a permit:
- Water heater change out
- A/C or Furnace replacement
- Generator Installation
- Re-Roofing home
- Tub/shower replacement
- Electrical service change out/repair
- Window/door replacement if opening sizes are altered
- All repairs due to a fire
- When a Building Permit Application, and Building Plans, are submitted to the Building Division, they are reviewed to see that it meets established building codes. The review and approval process allows problems to be identified and corrected before the work is performed.
- During the process of submitting a permit, a contractor’s licensing and insurance are verified
- The selling of the property could be delayed when non-permitted work is discovered.
- Work completed without permits and/or inspections is deemed a violation on the property.
Homeowners, can obtain their own buildings permits but it must be understood that they are assuming all liability for the work performed. The same inspections and rules apply. Trade permits (electrical, plumbing, mechanical) can only be pulled by the homeowner if they are doing the work themselves. If not, a licensed contractor needs to pull the permits.
- Does the contractor have a valid license?
- Can they provide recent references?
- Does this Contractor have expired permits on file with Delta Township?
- Does the Contractor provide a warranty?
- Lastly, we recommend that you verify all Township inspections have been approved and that you are satisfied with the work before making final payment to a contractor.
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Lansing MI 48917
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