Any major home remodeling project involving structural changes will need building permits. Does this mean your window replacement also needs one?
In this post, the experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Denver explain whether or not you need a permit for your project.
What Do Building Codes Require?
Building codes are essential to ensure all home improvement projects adhere to the local government’s building standards. For example, a project to improve your home’s basement and foundational structure typically needs a building permit. However, a bathroom remodel does not usually require one if the changes are cosmetic only.
When Do You Need a Window Replacement Permit?
Most cities require window replacements to have building permits if the projects involve the following:
- Window Opening Expansion. If you’re going to install larger windows, this would require the expansion of the existing opening in order to fit the new window snugly. Such changes can affect your home’s structure, so a building permit is required for this type of window replacement.
- Egress Windows. Each room should have a window that allows safe passage in case of fire. Egress windows must have enough width and height to serve this purpose. If your egress window requires a significant cut-down on your wall, you will likely need a building permit. Check local code requirements or consult your contractor to be sure.
Who Should Obtain the Permit?
Typically, homeowners must secure the window replacement permit before the project begins. In some cases, contractors may offer to do the paperwork at an extra cost. To be sure, ask if they can do it on your behalf. Make sure permitting fees are included in their quote.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver provides a range of window styles to suit various needs. Call us at (303) 968-3287 (Denver) or (719) 313-5403 (Colorado Springs) to request a consultation. You can also fill out this contact form to reach us.