Building Permits

Many new home buyers/owners are asking if building permits are really necessary for various home upgrades. The main purpose of building permits is the safety of the inhabitants and the immediate neighboring structures. A building permit may be required when a residential structure or portion within a structure is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, improved, removed, converted, moved, or demolished. Some examples of when a permit is required may include the following:

  1. structural additions;

  2. installation of a new roof;

  3. adding or blocking off a door or window;

  4. adding or relocating electrical outlets;

  5. adding or relocating plumbing fixtures, such as showers, sinks or toilets;

  6. converting a garage or storage area to an air-conditioned, occupied area, or installation of central air-conditioning systems; and

  7. Other minor changes such as adding a sink disposal or dishwasher.

More info on building permits in Lincoln, Nebraska can be found here: https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/build/residential.htm

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