Do contractors pull permits and schedule inspections? If you’re planning to have a construction project done at your property, such as an addition, kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation then you need to know the answer to this question. You may or may not be aware of the fact that your city or town will require various building permits for your construction project. For example, they will require a permit for any structural carpentry work being done at your jobsite.

Your local government will also require building permits for any electrical and or plumbing work being performed at your property. That includes any rough electrical or plumbing work, and any finish electrical or plumbing work. So, what exactly is a building permit? In essence, a building permit is an approval by the building department of your local municipality that officially states that the work must be performed based on certain standards such as the local building code.

Since the permit is basically a permission to perform the work, it must be filed for and obtained prior to the start of any construction related work. Once the work is completed in the proper manner, the permit is technically closed and approved. You should be aware of the fact that building permits are only valid for a specific period of time. That means once it has been established, the work must be completed within that time frame. Typically speaking, the construction project will need to start within six to twelve months of the initial permit being pulled.

The construction project will typically need to be completed within twelve to eighteen months. The building inspector will inspect the construction work at various stages of the construction process. At this point, it’s time to get back to our original question. Do contractors pull permits and schedule inspections? The answer is yes. Contractors should be responsible for pulling permits and scheduling inspections. However, not all contractors actually have a valid builders license.

Only people with valid builder’s licenses and the owner or owners of a specific property are allowed to pull permits for that exact property. If a contractor requires the property owner to pull the permits, it’s a humongous red flag. They may even claim that it will cost you less money to pull the permits yourself instead of having them take care of the task. Do not work with a contractor that does not have a builder’s license. We repeat! do not work with a contractor that does not have a builder’s license.

It makes you wonder what they are hiding and what other corners they’re cutting. Any reputable contractor will pull the necessary permits, pay for them and include that in the construction costs. They will also be responsible for scheduling inspections and meeting with the building inspector during the designated inspection times.

For more information about who is responsible for pulling permits and scheduling inspections for your home improvement project, or to schedule an initial consultation in Connecticut or Massachusetts please contact us today at 860-341-6373. DBC Solutions takes great pride in providing the highest quality custom carpentry and contracting services in the home improvement industry. Our business model has been the same for 17 years. Doing things the right way the first time every time is the only way to do it.