NOTE: Some information in this post is outdated. Read the updated version from 6/17/22.

The increasing popularity of home improvement shows has many homeowners inspired to take on new projects around the house. Are you one of them?

Before you start knocking down walls, consider whether or not your project requires a permit (and get one if it does). Residential permits are needed for many home improvement projects, even if homeowners are planning to do the work themselves – it’s not just to add another task to your to-do list. When a permit is required for residential work, it’s usually because the work has a direct impact on life safety. Not to mention, unpermitted work can negatively impact you down the road if you wish to sell your home or do additional work.

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