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How can I be sure my roofing contractor got a permit?
Sunday, July 29, 2018
It’s easy: look for it in the front yard. The roofer is required to post a copy of the permit in plain sight from the street, and it’s usually in a clear plastic sleeve nailed to the trunk of a tree or a “job box” on a post.
Verifying that the permit is posted at your roofing job is one way to be sure that you have a real and legitimate, licensed contractor. The permit is required to be posted before work begins, so if your roofer offers reasons why the permit has been “held up” on they “keep it at the office for safekeeping” while starting work on your roof, something’s wrong.
The local building department requires that the roofer provide proof of a current license and all necessary insurance in order to pull a permit, and then a series of inspections of the job while in-progress and a final inspection are signed off by the building inspector before the permit is closed out. All of this is added insurance for you that the roof meets current standards for materials and installation methods.
After the roof is completed, we recommend that you require that the roofer give you a copy of the permit to keep that shows there was a final inspection approval by the local building department before making the last payment on the work. Occasionally, we inspect a roof that our research shows was permitted, but the final inspection was failed and no reinspection was scheduled by the roofer. Building departments normally do not chase down contractors and require them to close out permits before issuing new ones, so it’s up to you to make sure the roof passed a final inspection.
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