What Permits Do I Need For A Remodel?

If you decide to make changes to your home, you might worry about whether you need any permits. While regulations can vary among regions, counties, and states, these are some things to keep in mind.


Not all fences require a permit, but municipalities frequently have specific height restrictions. A city might have an ordinance forbidding fences higher than six feet within city limits, while the surrounding area has no such restriction. Check with local building authorities to make sure before you start construction.

Windows and Doors

In most cases, replacing an old window or door doesn’t require a permit, but cutting a hole in your home to make room for a new one does. This also includes structures like skylights.

Plumbing and Electrical Work

When connecting or replacing plumbing and drainage systems, it’s a safe bet that you’ll need a permit. The same rule applies for rewiring and major electrical work on your home. Smaller-scale projects like replacing a light fixture don’t require permits.


Re-roofing your home involves structural components, so make sure that you hire a professionally licensed roofing contractor to handle the task. Under no circumstances should you attempt to handle this yourself if you aren’t a licensed expert.

HVAC Maintenance

Most, if not all, air conditioning work requires a permit. Make sure you hire a licensed HVAC company to handle such projects. MaintenX only works with certified, licensed contractors who know local and state regulations. Also, we’ll always handle the permitting process for you!

Ask a Professional

When in doubt, make a call! Your local permitting office will be able to tell you if you need a permit. Never start building until you are absolutely sure it complies with local and state regulations.