WHY DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?

Posted by City of Sumter Friday, October 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM Categories: building codes

There are three permitting systems that affect flood recovery efforts:

 

  1. Business licenses;
  2. Building permits; and
  3. Contractors’ licenses.

 

Depending on the work you need to do, you may need one or more permits.

 

  • You can do cleanup or minor repair work yourself – for example; removing water from your carpet or your floors; removing soaked drywell; repainting; replacing wallpaper; or replacing tile, flooring, and carpeting – without a business license, a building permit, or a contractors’ license.

 

  • If you hire someone else to do cleanup or minor repair work, including the items listed above, your contractor will need a business license but not a building permit or a contractors’ license.

 

  • If you do nonstructural repair work on the house in which you live – for example, installing new shingles or other roofing materials; replacing windows; replacing siding; or replacing or installing sheetrock – you will need a building permit, but not a business license.

 

  • If you hire someone else to do nonstructural repair work, including the items listed above, your contractor will need a business license and a building permit.

 

  • Any other work – including major repairs, structural work, and repairs on buildings in which you do not live – require all three permits.

 

General advice:

  • Take pictures.
  • Check your contractor’s credentials.
  • Shop around for contractors, ask for quotes.
  • Call the City/County Building Department before you start.
  • Report any suspicious activity.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contract the Sumter City/County Building Inspections Department at (803) 774-1617, or you can visit us online, http://sumtersc.gov/building-permits.aspx, or at our office 12 W. Liberty Street, Sumer, SC 29150.


Download a copy of the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations press release on LLR Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Property Repairs following flooding.


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