Our goal here at Neighborhood Garage Door is to help our community with any questions they have regarding their garage door. You may be thinking about upgrading your existing garage door for a newer model or maybe one with newer technology. One thought that may not have entered your mind, though, is whether or not you need a permit for the replacement.
In short, the answer is “Yes!” Even if you are familiar with your contractor, you may not want the hassle of having to obtain the permit to replace your garage door. The cost of a permit could be anywhere from $200 up to a total of $2,000.
If you are thinking of replacing your garage door without obtaining a permit, you open yourself up to expensive fees. These fees would far outweigh the cost of obtaining the permit in the first place.
Strict standards are here for a reason. The permits are put in place to keep the community members safe. Let’s say you replace your door without the use of a proper permit, you risk something not being done right and could cause serious harm or injury. This could void your homeowners insurance should an accident happen and you, as a homeowner, would be liable. If the door isn’t properly restrained and has not been inspected, a high wind or even just a bump could cause the door to fall. Again, this would open up all sorts of problems for the homeowner. The risk just isn’t worth it.
When it comes to additions to our home or replacements of doors, permits and inspections are needed for everyone’s protection. This is just one part of being a homeowner and who wouldn’t want to be a responsible homeowner?
Steps To Obtain A Permit
This could depend on what city you live in, but chances are the steps are the same. If you are hiring a contractor do replace the door for you, the company can take the necessary steps to obtain a permit. However, if you are replacing the door yourself because you have the know-how, you will want to contact your city department. You will need to submit a plan for your project, in this case replacing the garage door, to the city manager. You city department will direct you on everything you need for obtaining your permit and also schedule your appointment for an inspection. Again, this is for the safety of yourself as a homeowner but also for anyone who enters your home.
How Long Does Obtaining A Permit Take?
Most of the times, for something as minor as replacing a garage door, you could have the permit in hand within a few days. For many larger projects, such as building an addition to your home, this process could take significantly longer. Many cities will require the work be completed inside of 6 months before the expiration of the permit.
Let Us Help
When you are ready to replace your garage door, call Neighborhood Garage Door. We have the means to obtain the permits for you without much hassle. We would love to help you out today.