Why Permits Are A Necessary Step When Renovating/Remodeling Your Home In Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Renovating/remodeling your home or planning to do so? Don't forget that you must get permits for certain renovations to a home in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. Not obtaining a permit for renovation work could spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for you and your home in the future. And keep in mind that it's not just Charlotte homes impacted by permit requirements in Mecklenburg County. If you live in Pineville, Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, Matthews, Mint Hill the same permitting rules apply.
Reasons Homeowners Should Not Skip The Permitting Process
Homeowners skipping the permitting process when making substantial renovations to their home expose themselves to any number of problems when the time comes to sell their homes:
- Renovations completed without a permit must be disclose in the NC Residential Property Disclosure Form when you sell your home. Failing to properly disclose could result in a buyer will terminating the contract. And if the buyer doesn't find out until after the home is sold and closed, you could be facing a lawsuit for non-disclosure (your agent, as well). And if you do properly disclose, prospective buyers may very well balk at purchasing a home without appropriate permits that ensure work was done without compromising safety and/or to code.
- Homeowners can be held personally liable for non-permitted work done in a home if that work was not properly completed.
- Homeowners can be fined by the city/county authorities for work that has not been permitted or even be required to remove or replace the work with proper permits.
- If something untoward occurs or someone is injured as a result of work that wasn't permitted and you make an insurance claim, the claim could be denied.
When You Need A Permit In Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
- Permits for residential work are required for any new construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any building.
- Permits are required for the installation, extension, alteration or general repair of electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems.
- Permits are required to be grouped by the particular project and paid for by the general contractor or by the homeowner acting as their own general contractor.
- Separate permits are required for building, electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing work.
When Permits Might Not Be Required In Charlotte/Mecklenburg County
Permits might not be required for projects on one- and two-family home and town homes with work costing $15,000 or less, unless that work involves:
- Addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures
- Addition or change in the design of a plumbing system
- Addition, replacement or change in the design of a heating or air conditioning system
- Addition, replacement or change in the design of an electrical system
- Use of materials not permitted by the code
- Addition of roofing, excluding replacement of like grade fire resistance material
Already Have Your Permits? Don't Forget: Permits Expire!
Permits expire six months (180 days) after the issue date if no work has begun. Permits also expire when work has started but is discontinued for 12 months (365 days) after the last inspection date.
What Does A Permit Cost In Charlotte/Mecklenburg?
For more information on the cost of various permits in Charlotte/Mecklenburg, click here for the County's fee schedule for every type of work/building permit.
Internet Permit Process For Homeowners
For residential projects costing less than $30,000 when a “Homeowner serves as the Contractor” allows the homeowner to submit a building permit application on-line. Information on how to submit your permit application on-line, click here.
Questions About The Permit Process In Charlotte/Mecklenburg?
Mecklenburg County provides a Residential Technical Assistance Center to help residents with the permitting process. Call: 980-314-2633 | On-Line: www.MeckPermit.com.
Bottom Line: Before you begin any renovation or remodeling project on your home, do your homework. Find out what you need to get in terms of Mecklenburg County approvals, permits, inspections. You'll be glad you did!
More information about the permitting process is on our blog at www.GreatHomesInCharlotte.com.
This information abouth Mecklenburg County's permitting process is provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, with Coldwell Banker, your Charlotte region residential real estate experts. We've been serving Charlotte area home owners, buyers and sellers for 20+ years.
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