Courtesy of the Iredell County Building Standards Division, here are the facts you need to know about remodeling, repair work and construction work for residential property in the county:
1. When is a permit required?
Appropriate permits are required for any building construction, alteration, or repair involving new or changed uses of property (other than ordinary repairs). Separate permits are required for building, electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing work.
Exception: Permits shall not be required for any work costing $5,000 or less on 1 and 2 family dwellings, unless the work involves: the addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures; the addition or change in the design of a plumbing system; the addition, replacement or change in the design of a heating or air conditioning system; the addition, replacement or change in the design of an electrical system; and the use of materials not permitted by the code.
2. How much does a permit cost?
Permit fees are usually calculated based on the occupancy and gross square footage area of a building. There are separate calculations used for new construction and renovations or upfits. There are also separate fee structures for Commercial buildings and 1 and 2 Family buildings.
For additional information on how the permit fees are calculated, please view the Fee Schedule (PDF)
3. When does a permit expire?
Permits expire 6 months, or 180 days after issue date if no work has commenced. Permits also expire when work has started but has been discontinued for 12 months, or 365 days from the last inspection date.
4. How is my work inspected?
Inspectors will check to make sure that work is done according to code. Contractors or homeowners doing their own work must call the department’s automated interactive voice response (IVR) system at 704-878-3113 to arrange for each inspection.
This system can be used to request inspections, obtain inspection results, cancel an inspection or check the status of a certificate of occupancy. To request inspections, verify or cancel inspections or to get inspection results you may use our online options.
5. Do I need to have my building plans reviewed?
All commercial building projects must be submitted for plan review before permits can be issued. Plans for 1 and 2 family dwelling are not generally required to be submitted for plans review, however a complete set of plans are required to be kept on the job site for the inspector’s use during the project.
Need more info? Visit the Iredell County Building and Standards Division website at: http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/234/Building-Standards-Division
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