Putting A New Roof On Your House? How To Get The Roofing Permit

by Claude Walters

If you are putting a new roof on your home, you should get a roofing permit. This will ensure you do not have any problems with your homeowner's insurance, as well as your roofing warranty.  You apply for this permit through the local building authority in your city or county.  If you are unsure where this office is, contact your local city hall, who should be able to give you this information. 

Local Building Authority Permit Requirements

You will find each city's local building authority has its own permit process, such as the rules, inspection policies, and fees. Some building authorities require that you have a set of plans for your new roof, as well as will perform inspections when the work is completed. Other authorities require a permit, but they will not do an inspection on your roof. Others will ask you to complete a "Certificate of Responsibility" form if you are doing the work on your own.

In most cases, a permit is required for a new roof, major repair jobs, or a re-roof. Many cities do not require a permit for minor repairs if they are under a certain square feet, such as 100 square feet or under. What this size is depends on where you live.

Turnkey Approach

If you do not want to take the time to get the roofing permit yourself, you can have your roofing contractor do all of the work for you. In many cases, it is easier for them to get the permits. Even if you leave everything up to the contractor, you should still at least call the building authority and learn about the permit requirements. This way you can make sure the contractor is going through the process in the right way. If there are any problems with the permit process, you will at least have an understanding of what is happening.

Roofing Contractor

If your contractor tells you that you do not need a building permit for your new roof, you should hire someone else. You should also make sure the contractor is insured and licensed before they can get a permit, as this is required in many cities or towns.

Because the permit may come with an inspection of the contractor's work, you want to make sure you hire someone that is qualified to do high quality work. Make sure that they have the proper certifications, etc. before hiring.