Permits? We Don’t Need No Stinking Permits!
Welcome to the construction industry, where signing contracts with your clients often times is met with agonizing compliance with local and state officials. As a roofing contractor, the stakes are some of the highest in any industry so it is wise to get your affairs in order before embarking on that arduous journey. In this post I will briefly look at the basics of a permit for the City of Seattle, for the sake of abusing my fingers and exposing myself as ignorance (cause we all know it’s so blissful), I will outline the jist of what you may need.
Let’s cut right to the chase, do you need a permit?
Building Permits, Section 106, under scope (106.1) it states:
Permits required.Except as otherwise specifically provided in this code, a building permit shall be obtained from the building official for each building or structure prior to erecting, constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, moving, improving, removing, changing the occupancy of, or demolishing such building or structure, or allowing the same to be done. All work shall comply with this code, even where no permit isrequired.106.2.12 Work exempt from permit. A building permit is not required for the work listed below.12. Replacement of roofing materials and siding. this shall not include structural changes, replacement of sheathing or alterations to doors and windows. See Energy Code Sections 220.127.116.11 and 1132.1 for insulation requirements for existing buildings.Exceptions: In detached one and two family dwellings, the existing roof sheathing may be replaced and roof structure may be repaired without a permit provided no changes are made to the building envelope other than adding or replacing insulation, and the work is equivalent to or better than the existing structure.