If you’re planning on making changes to your home this fall, you might need to contact the city for a permit. Otherwise, the City of Scottsdale could fine you and request that you stop working on the project. So if you’re considering improving your home in any way, take note of the kinds of projects that require a permit, and which ones don’t.
If you plan to fix or replace the wiring in your home, you’ll need to get a permit to ensure it’s done safely. The same goes if you want to install more electrical outlets or light fixtures around your house, both of which are common upgrades for sellers. If you hire a professional in the electrical field, he or she should help you obtian the permits you need for your home improvement project.
If adding another bathroom is on your list to do this winter, you’ll need a plumbing permit from the City of Scottsdale. Even if you just want to improve your bathroom by adding a separate shower and tub or moving a major fixture to a different spot, you will need a permit. This is also the case when you install a new water heater, kitchen sink, irrigation system, or any other plumbing fixture throughout your house.
The City of Scottsdale requires you to get a mechanical permit before fixing or replacing your air conditioner or heater. Basically, anything that involves heating, cooling, ventilation, or gas piping in your home requires a mechanical permit.
The building permit is among the most common options since it’s required when you do any obvious construction on your house. For example, if you’re adding a room, closing a carport, building a large shed or casita, or installing a wall or fence around your property, you need a building permit. This permit is essential if you want your home improvements to pass an inspection. This way, you can rest assured your house is safe and structurally sound, and you won’t have any problems when it’s time to sell it.
When you don’t need a permit from the City of Scottsdale
Not every home improvement project requires a permit. For instance, if you’re building a small storage shed with a floor that measures less than 200 square feet, you won’t need a permit for that. You also won’t need a permit from the city to put down a patio slab or sidewalk on your property, as long as it’s not more than 30 inches above grade.
If you want to add accent lights to your yard or fix your drip system, you won’t need a permit. Similarly, if you need to replace roof shingles or plumbing fixtures – as long as you’re keeping them in the same place – a permit is not required.
Most repairs around the house do not need a permit, so if you need to fix or replace cabinets, doors, windows, drywall, trim, or flooring, you’re free to do the job without contacting the City of Scottsdale.
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