Your roofer should pull a permit before performing any work on your roof and here’s why.
We have blogged about the importance of finding a quality roofing contractor, and some tips for finding someone trustworthy. Something that is highly important is ensuring that the roofing contractor you choose has pulled a permit with the city you live in before beginning construction on your home. Essentially, when a permit is pulled, it protects you as the homeowner.
Why are permits important?
Permits ensure that a 3rd party entity such as the city or town you live in, will perform an inspection of your roof and verify the quality of work performed by the contractor. A permit ensures a city inspector will come to your home, once the contractor states that the work is complete, and they will verify that the installation meets all city codes. City Inspectors are experts and know what exactly to look for to ensure your roof is a quality installation.
Permits are also important because they keep a record of the type work performed on your home and when, which can be important when it comes to selling your home and proving what work has been done.
The Permitting Process
The roofing contractor performing the work is responsible for obtaining a permit from the city before work begins. They notify the city once they have completed the work and the city will come and inspect the work once they have been notified that the work has been completed by the contractor.
A failed inspection from the city simply means that one or more elements of the city’s building code has not been met, and must be corrected before the city approves the work completed by the contractor(s).
The average cost of a permit is around $130 but keep in mind that the cost varies city by city, by size of the job, and what work is being performed.
What does it mean if a roofing contractor doesn’t pull a permit?
In order to get a permit, your roofing contractor must prove that they are licensed with each city, and prove that they are insured. As a homeowner this should be hugely important to you as it protects you should an unforeseen catastrophe occure during construction.
Some roofing contractors don’t pull a permit simply to cut costs but often times there are more serious implications when a contractor is not pulling a permit. Potentially, it could mean that your roofing contractor is not registered with the city or town you live in–remember, if they are not registered with your city the contractor has yet to become licensed and prove that they are insured with your city officials.
The biggest take away we want you to have is that permit pulling protects both you as the homeowner, and us as the roofing contractor. With a 3rd party (the city) inspecting our work (or any roofing contractor’s work) you can be assured that your roof was installed properly and is within your city’s code.
Curious to see if a permit has been pulled on your home? It’s easy to check! Simply click on the link below on your city or county and follow the instructions on their website. For those not listed below, you will have to call your city or county’s Building Department. Want some help? Feel free to give us a call! We have all numbers handy!