The question of the day is do you need a permit to finish your basement? The answer is it depends on the situation. So, what does it depend on? In essence, whether or not you need a building permit to finish your basement depends on the job that you wish to complete. For example, are you just adding a new carpet or are you adding electrical outlets and new walls? Is your basement already partly finished, or is it completely unfinished? Depending on your situation, you may or may not need a permit. The good news is that you don’t need to worry about that if you hire a professional builder or contractor to finish your basement.

We handle all phases of the project including applying for all of the necessary building permits and meeting with the building department in your city or town. However, we feel that it’s important for you to know what a building permit is and how important it actually is. First and foremost, a permit, also known as a building permit, must be applied for in the city or town in which the basement remodeling work is being done. They are necessary to ensure that the work is performed correctly and is both completed and safe upon completion.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts it’s actually illegal to start work on the vast majority of construction and home improvement projects without a building permit in hand. However, there are some projects that are exempt from this requirement, such as minor finishing work including painting, carpeting, and installing countertops. In addition, fences, retaining walls and backyard play structures are also exempt. The bottom line is that a building permit is required when you plan to construct, re-construct, repair, alter, remove or demolish a structure or building.

You also need one if you plan to change the use of a structure, or to install or change any equipment. Failure to properly secure the necessary building permits for your basement remodeling project could very well end up costing you significantly more money in the long run. If the building department finds out that you’ve done work at your property without being approved for the necessary permits you may be forced to demolish any work that has been completed or is in the process of being completed.

Building permits basically guarantee that the work was done in compliance with current building codes. Last but certainly not least, when the proper building permits are secured, it protects you against any future code changes, which is necessary if and when you decide to sell your home at some point down the road. You certainly do not want to deal with getting a building permit for your  basement remodeling project after the fact. It can be an expensive and time consuming process.

For more information about whether or not you need a permit to finish your basement, 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.