Your windows are an essential part of your home, affecting many aspects, including its safety, energy efficiency and comfort. If you’re planning your window replacement, it’s critical to be aware of any local building codes and zoning laws that may limit the type of work you can do on your home.
Here, we explain when a permit is required for a window replacement project.
Do I Need a Permit to Replace My Windows?
When it comes to windows, you only need a permit if the installation will involve structural changes to your home. For example, if you’re creating new window openings or enlarging existing ones, you’ll need a permit before you can start work. It also depends on your location. Rules may vary from one state to another, so make sure to ask your local building department for guidance.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for ensuring that any work done on your property complies with local regulations. Failure to obtain a building permit can lead to costly delays, legal action or the removal of previously completed work. So, if your window project necessitates a permit, it’s best to get one early.
How Do I Apply for a Permit?
Depending on your area, you can submit your application to your local building inspection office. During the application, you will be asked to provide details about your project. You must also submit a floor plan that shows the location of the windows that will be installed. The rooms in your home must be labeled on the floor plan, and the dimensions of each window must be specified. The width of the window is always indicated first, followed by the height. Additionally, you will be expected to provide specifics on how you intend to complete your project, especially when structural changes are going to be made.
Ensure your new windows are installed and maintained properly with the help of Renewal by Andersen® of Central Pennsylvania. We offer home improvement services and specialize in windows and doors. Call us at (717) 929-8610, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.