If you are thinking of repairing, altering or doing construction on your home, you should be aware of local code requirements for building permits and for use of licensed tradesmen. Building permits are required for the following type of construction and renovation work.
Structural changes: Such as cutting away, in whole or in part, of any existing load bearing wall. For example, installing a window in an existing wall which requires enlarging an opening or making a new one.
Additions, expansions, and enclosures: Such as adding new rooms, enlarging present space or enclosing an open porch or deck.
Conversion: Such as changing an existing garage to a den.
New Accessory Structures: Such as construction of a new deck, garage, shed or swimming pool, or changing from a one to two family house.
Site changes: Construction or expansion of a retaining wall, driveway or parking area, or site regarding which results in a change to natural or pre-existing run-off patterns that impact adjoining property.
Excavations: Street and sidewalk openings require Department of Public Works prior approval, to insure notice is given to all utilities to avoid accidental damage.
Mechanical work: Installation of a new furnace and/or oil burner, hot water heater, gas or electric stove, sink, fixtures, plumbing or electrical wiring. In addition, change of, or connection to an existing electrical system requires a permit.
Ordinary repairs: Are exempt from permit requirements. They are replacements or renewals of existing work, or replacement of parts made in the ordinary course of maintenance which do not do not affect the fire or structural safety of your home. Some examples would be the replacements of a rotted wood tread on outside steps, replacement in kind of an existing window, re-paving of a driveway without changing the water run-off, or replacement of a clothes washer with removable hose connections. If you are unsure, call and ask us.
Homeowners should be aware that certain building construction work may only be performed by licensed tradesmen who hold a valid County of Westchester license.
For plumbing work, a licensed Master Plumber is required for any work requiring water piping, waste, vent and drain systems, as well as all gas piping and gas appliance installations.
For electrical work, a licensed Master Electrician is required for any work involving electrical wiring, fixtures and appliances (more than 50 volts). All electrical work, regardless of voltage, requires an electrical permit.