Building Permits

Pulling Permits 101

The requirements for when a licensed builder or contractor is needed to pull permits can vary depending on your location, local building codes, and the specific project you are undertaking. Permits are required for projects that involve structural changes, electrical work, plumbing, or major renovations. Listed below are common home projects that often require a licensed builder to pull permits:

Structural Changes: 

Any project that involves structural changes to your home, such as adding or removing load-bearing walls, changing the roofline, or modifying the foundation, typically requires a licensed builder and permits.

Electrical Work:

Projects that involve electrical wiring, such as adding circuits, installing new outlets, or upgrading your electrical panel, often require a licensed electrician to obtain permits.

Plumbing Work:

Plumbing projects like adding new pipes, relocating plumbing fixtures, or installing a new water heater usually require a licensed plumber to pull permits.

Major Renovations:

Large-scale renovations that impact the layout or function of your home, such as kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, or room additions, often require permits and the involvement of a licensed builder.

HVAC Installations

Installing a new heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system typically requires a licensed HVAC contractor to obtain permits.

Foundation Repairs:

Significant foundation repairs or alterations usually require a licensed contractor and permits due to their potential impact on the structural integrity of your home.

Deck or Porch Construction:

Building a new deck or porch, especially if it is attached to your home, often requires permits and the involvement of a licensed builder.

Roof Replacement:

While not always the case, some local jurisdictions require permits and the oversight of a licensed contractor for roof replacement projects.


If you are planning to demolish a part of your home or an entire structure, you will need permits and may need to hire a licensed contractor.

It is important to note that local regulations vary widely, so it is crucial to check with your local building department or permit office to determine the specific requirements for your area and project. Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines, project delays, and potential safety hazards. In many cases, hiring a licensed builder or contractor who is familiar with local codes and regulations can help ensure your project is completed legally and safely.