Don't Renovate Your Charlotte Area Home Without The Right Permits

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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 Keep Calm and Get Your Permits in Charlotte/Mecklenburglawsuit 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

 

  • When Permits Required In Charlotte/Mecklenburg​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 a​n 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?

What Does A Permit In Charlotte Mecklenburg Cost?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!

 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Permit Process BrochureCharlotte Mecklenburg Permit Information

 

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.

 

If you're considering selling or purchasing a home in the Charlotte metro area or just want advice as a home owner, I'd love an opportunity to earn your business, to exceed your expectations, and to show you how:

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Originally published at: https://greathomesincharlotte.com/owning-a-home/renovating-dont-forget-permits/ 

 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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It's peace of mind too. We are having a propane line installed for our new cooktop - currently have electric (ugh) - and he mentioned pulling the permits, etc. It's good that the job will require an official to sign off on the work to ensure it was done to code, and properly. 

Apr 17, 2019 07:59 AM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson me too, Sally... and some of them listen and some of them don't!

Apr 17, 2019 10:56 AM #18
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD hi Debb... great point on the peace of mind. I've heard some stories here that contractors have sworn they pulled permits and never actually did. Can't tell you what a mess that caused later on. Back to the idea that you get what you pay for.... shopping for a cheap contractor is also being penny wise and pound foolish.

Apr 17, 2019 10:57 AM #19
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Sheila Anderson hi Sheila... something I see all the time. Makes you wonder why someone who owns an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and investing thousands in upgrades decides to save a few hundred dollars.

Apr 17, 2019 10:59 AM #20
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Will Hamm hi Will... I see it with basements, with screened porches, with attic finishes. Always boggles the mind that people take those risks.

Apr 17, 2019 11:00 AM #21
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Joe Pryor hi Joe... that's one I haven't run into... I have run into all sorts of other unpermitted work, but not the hot water tank.

Apr 17, 2019 11:01 AM #22
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 Hi Nina Hollander,

This is such a great topic to cover. It is not talked about enough.  Most homeowners do not have a clue of all the ramifications.  Nice job!

Apr 17, 2019 12:10 PM #23
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thanks, Sheri. Not only do many homeowners not have a clue about ramifications of not getting permits, many don't have a clue of where to go to get information about starting the process.

Apr 17, 2019 12:14 PM #24
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Always best to check before starting any renovation! Will cost a lot more later if you don't!

Apr 17, 2019 02:01 PM #25
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Sharon Tara amazing isn't it, Sharon, how many people just don't get it that doing it illegally upfront costs more at the back end?

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NIina,

This is a wonderful discussion on permits. It is first and foremost for us, peace of mind...and that is pricelesss.  A  

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... the peace of mind issue is very important to me, as well. As a homeowner I want to know everything has been done right and I want that peace of mind when I go to sell my home. Buyers want to have peace of mind knowing they are not facing issues long term. Why so many homeowners ignore this when they skip the permitting process is beyond my comprehension.

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Hi Nina Hollander, I see additions without permits often in, especially in older homes. It's important for buyers to hire an inspector who will check all the permitting. Great post!

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Hi Nina,  This is a great post filled with important information.  I hope all your clients adhere to your advice.

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Beth Atalay thanks, Beth. For sure, buyers and their agents need to ask the right questions about permits, but so do listing agents... it's a question on our state disclosure form and not being truthful and being found out can put someone into a world of hurt.

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Ricki Eichler McCallum thanks, Ricki... as you know when it comes to clients, some listen and some don't! I warn the ones who are inclined not to listen that if they run into trouble later I'm going to be the biggest "I told you so" they ever saw! 

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Nina having all work properly permitted is very important, especially when you go to sell the house.

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George Souto hi George...couldn't agree more... those after the fact permits can really complicate a transaction.

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Permits really have been the nasty little secret that will catch up with Sellers if not pursued in a timely manner Nina Hollander 

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... having seen a few really messy situations, I've learned to always dig deep with sellers as to renovations and permits.

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