Permits vary to province to province, and through municipalities and districts, however they are generally required for any changes to existing footprint of your home, and for plumbing or electrical jobs. Usually these are projects outside the scope of cosmetic or aesthetic improvements.
For instance, if you were painting or putting in new flooring, a permit is not required, but if you are building a new deck on the back of your home a permit is required. Similarly, if you are fixing an existing deck, a permit is not required, however, if you are expanding the kitchen footprint, and moving the appliances and associated electrical, a permit is required.
There are two main reasons for permits, the first gives the municipality the right to inspect at different stages to ensure compliance with health, or safety building codes. The second is that it protects the homeowners’ investment that they are making to the property.
Not all home improvement companies will go through the process of acquiring permits. It can take time, money, and extra effort. It can mean engineers are involved, monitoring and upholding a standard with each step of the process. In the end, it serves a positive purpose for both the client and the contractor. Permits ensure the precautions and necessary measures are taken to ensure safety and longevity of the project, which is why Flintstones is proud to obtain a permit for every project necessary.
Liability Insurance protects both you and your home, and your contractor, from claims arising from your project. For instance, if a worker is injured while working, you could be liable for any injuries that occur on your job if the injured party chooses to sue. This is important to consider when choosing a contractor. Here at Flintstones, we maintain $1,000,000 liability insurance to protect you, your home and our employees.
The permits must be obtained prior to the start of the project. If not, and the project is identified by officials, a Stop Work Order may be placed that could delay your project for weeks and cost you more than you realize.
For more information check with your local municipality or talk to an experienced Flintstones consultant.