You may need a permit to remodel your bathroom, and the only way to know is to check with your city or county building department. Contact them at least one month before you begin work on the project, and be prepared to answer questions about size, materials, plumbing fixtures, and electrical wiring. Your remodeling job will require a building permit if it costs more than $1,000 in materials and labor.

What is the process for obtaining a permit to remodel my bathroom?

You may need a permit to remodel your bathroom, and the only way to know is to check with your city or county building department. Contact them at least one month before you begin work on the project, and be prepared to answer questions about size, materials, plumbing fixtures, and electrical wiring. Your remodeling job will require a building permit if it costs more than $1,000 in materials and labor.

You probably won’t have to pay a permit fee since your project is small. However, in some cases, the city or county charges a flat fee for inspection of all work. You must submit floor plans and specifications with the building application; these are available from local architectural firms specializing in residential remodeling projects. Call them for help.

You may also need a mechanical permit if there are heating or air conditioning units in the project. Again, contact your city or county building department to be sure.

There should be no problem obtaining a local plumbing permit as long as you use copper tubing and PEX hot water supply lines, which don’t require connections to the existing plumbing. If you attach your new plumbing to the main pipes, however, a local building inspector will have to examine it and approve it.

If you make changes in the electrical system — such as adding another circuit or moving outlets — you’ll need an electrical permit from your city or county. Call several electricians to get estimates on the cost of this work: you’ll probably need to hire an electrician-contractor to do the job.

If you want a permit for remodeling or adding a new bathroom, make sure a local building inspector approves your plan before any work begins.

How much does it cost to obtain a permit from my local government office?

The cost for obtaining a permit from your local government office will differ depending on the size of the project. In addition, there may be fees associated with such licenses.

Please check with your local city hall or county planning and zoning department for additional information regarding required documentation that you need to provide when applying for a remodeling permit. The jurisdiction where your project is located may be able to give you an estimate of the fees associated with keys.

If I do not obtain a permit, can I still remodel my bathroom?

Depending on the scope of the work that will take place in your bathroom, you may still require specific permits from your local government office.

For the work to be done in your bathroom, it may fall under the definition of a “structural alteration” or a “building permit.” If you remodel or expand your bathroom without obtaining the appropriate permits, you will be taking part in an illegal construction project. This could have consequences for you and any contractors involved if an inspection is conducted and the unpermitted work is discovered.

Is there any way I can get around the process of getting a permit?

A permit is not a requirement for remodeling, but it’s highly recommended as having one will protect you from unpleasant surprises that could cost you a lot of money in the end. You may have to pay a small fine if your contractor does something without a permit, but when everything turns out badly in the future, and you’re stuck with $10K of leaky bathroom tile areas, no one will be able to help you.

Purchasing a permit is well worth it in the long run. However, there are certain situations where it’s possible to get around obtaining one: If your job only consists of minor repairs such as fixing a leaky pipe or patching a hole in the wall, you can get by with working without permits as long as you don’t do anything new. If you’re considering doing something that requires a ticket but is unsure if it needs one for your situation.. check with the building department. The last thing you want to do is start building before you know for sure that you’re not breaking any laws.

If I don’t have enough money, how do I apply for financial assistance from the city or county offices regarding bathroom remodeling?

Several different programs can help with bathroom remodeling, but you need to contact your county or city offices for assistance. The federal government gives out small grants to low-income partners who qualify for this type of funding. If you have some disability and require exceptional support to use the bathroom, federal housing grants will help with construction.

Does my contractor need a license before they start working on my home’s plumbing and electric systems?

Yes, contractors working on a home’s plumbing and electrical systems must be licensed. Plumbing and electrical contractors must apply with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB). You can search for licensed plumbers and electricians in CCB’s online database. The database also includes information on disciplinary actions the board has taken against these contractors.

The licenses your contractor needs depend on the work they will be doing. In most cases, a licensed plumber and electrician are required for plumbing or electrical work. By State law, a contractor working on any plumbing, heating, and cooling system or electrical project that costs $500 or more must be licensed by the state. For more information on remodeling bathrooms, contact H&A My Design.

Zoe Kickhefer
zoe@everydaylifes.com