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When Is a Building Permit Required?

Do I need a permit to build an awning on my porch if my porch is already there?


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October 26, 20170 found this helpful
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When do you need a building permit??

  • Since no one knows where you live (U.S. or ??) no one can give you a legal answer to your question so please ask your question and get the correct answer from your local government.
  • Even my local city and county government do not always agree on when a permit is necessary so I have to check both sources before starting any new project as it is a heavy fine if done without a permit or even to the point of tearing down a completed project.
  • Not all cities/counties are that strict but better safe than sorry.
  • Permits comprise a large share of their income/budget and they base the need for permits on that as well as other (safety/regulations/zoning/etc) factors.
  • It is always best to be on the safe side as only your city/county offices can answer your question.
  • What may be okay in one area of your city may not be okay in another area.
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  • Some areas of our city it is illegal to grossly trim or cut down a tree without a permit (permission) so I think you should at least call and see what their agency tell you.

Information sites on permits can usually be obtained if you Google - local building permits with your zip code.

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October 24, 20170 found this helpful

Buidling permits:

  1. Small projects such as adding an awning to your existing porch doesn't require a building permit.
  2. A kitchen remodel doesn't require a building permit.
  3. Basically the only time you need a building permit is for large projects like adding a second story to your home.
  4. I'm not sure where you live or in what state. Some states have different requirement and might force everyone to apply for a permit if they are changing something small on their home.
  5. However, a new awning is considered home improvements and I have never seen any state require a home owner to get a building permit to do this.
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October 24, 20170 found this helpful

You will have to go to your town and ask. The previous owners of our home had to get one.

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October 26, 20170 found this helpful

Do you need building permit?

Step 1
When your doing snow canopies,driveway tents,or automotive canopies you do not need a permit.


Step 2
Here is the link scroll down to 13 it will tell you.

Step 3

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October 30, 20170 found this helpful

I wouldn't think so, but you might want to check with your county officials to be sure. I guess it depends on where you live, but we added on an entire back porch with out getting a permit and nothing was said to us.

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