Building Permits

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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