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Need a Permit to remodel? POSSIBLY!

building-permitSarasota and Manatee counties require permits for many improvements. And, one county may require a permit where the other county doesn’t. If you or your contractor does not go through the proper permitting protocols, it could cost you an offer on your home if it’s for sale. It could also cost you fines from the county. And more. Florida requires you use a licensed contractor who is registered with the state. Here are common improvements that you will need to get a permit from each county:

Manatee county: “Building permits are required for remodeling projects that involve changes to the building’s existing footprint, electrical system or plumbing. Adding new windows to existing walls usually requires a permit.” Click here for the Manatee county permitting fee schedule.

Sarasota county: “Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work.” Click here for the Sarasota county permitting fee schedule.

If you aren’t sure, call the county any time for guidance. Their phone numbers are in the links.

As a REALTOR® for a seller, I look up permits on listings before I list them if any work has been done to confirm. As a REALTOR® for a buyer, if improvements appear to have been made to a home, I look up permits to confirm as well. Why? If the county finds out you made improvements without a permit, they can fine you, charge you to open the permit, charge you to inspect, and charge you to close the permit. Non-compliances can be passed on to the next owner. If you hired a licensed contractor to do the work and they didn’t pull the permits, they are responsible for following through.