As with any major home repair or renovation, it’s important to make sure everything is done correctly. That means following building codes and, if necessary, pulling the right permits for your project. A new roof permit may not always be at the forefront of your mind when you suddenly need to re-roof your home, but it’s always a good idea to double-check your local building requirements in case you need one.
Every state, city, and township is different when it comes to building codes. For example, California building codes require homeowners to install “cool roofs” for their homes. Some states might have fire retardant requirements, and others may have specific rules about the slope of a roof. Even if your local building authority does not require a permit, you always need to make sure to follow local building codes. Otherwise, you’ll have to spend even more money to undo and redo the work.
Just like building codes, the permit process can vary down to the local level. Even small towns of several thousand people will have their own rules, inspection policies, and permit process. Most areas do not require a permit if you just need a small repair. However, you will likely require a permit if you are changing the structure of your roof. This could mean adding to your home or changing the slope of your roof.
In Portland, OR, you will need a building permit if you are replacing a roof on a home that’s located in a wildfire hazard zone. You will also need a building permit if you are replacing a roof and need to remove and replace more than 15% of your existing roof sheathing.
Ultimately, it’s important to speak with your local contractor, city, or county to see where your home falls on the map and what the permit requirements are. Local roofing contractors should know the laws of your area and whether or not you’ll need to follow certain rules. While some permit processes may seem tedious, it is meant to benefit you as a homeowner. Making sure your home’s construction is done correctly will save you a lot of trouble in the long run!
If you are in the Vancouver, WA, or Portland, OR area, IBEX Roofing has you covered! We would be happy to go over your roofing project with you and can help guide you through the permit process if required.