Renovation Permit Requirements For Your Home: The Art of Renovation LIVE!

Renovation permit requirements for your home

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Renovation Permit Requirements

Before you get your hard hat and hammer out, it’s a good idea to sharpen your knowledge about renovation permit requirements. We’ve seen what can happen when a homeowner dives deep into a project without checking all the necessary boxes, and it isn’t a pleasant experience!

In this episode of The Art of Renovation LIVE! Paul interviews Maple Rose Furigay of Inplico Design Solutions to give you the run-down on your permit needs before you start smashing walls down. If you’re thinking about starting a renovation project of any kind, this episode should be at the top of your watch list. 

Episode Show Notes

Permits aren’t just important for homeowners who are looking to dip their toes into a renovation. You want to be aware of the permit status of the home you’re potentially buying, and if you’re selling you’ll need to have those records available!

So when you apply for a permit for your wonderful home addition or basement reno, what can you expect in the process afterward? Paul and Maple talk permits, building codes, inspection reports, and even landlord/tenant requirements. Plus, they shed a spotlight on some misconceptions about renovation requirements and a few facts that may surprise homeowners including:

  1. There are two different types of renovation permits.
  2. You’re only allowed 7% windows on the side of your home that is facing a neighbour. 
  3. Your basement windows need to be accessible … both inwards and outwards.
  4. You don’t need a permit for backyard sheds that are under a certain size.
  5. You can turn a garage into a living space, but you’ll have to say goodbye to that parking pad.

These renovation permit FAQ’s will ensure you’re well educated on the legalities of home renovations so you can avoid hefty fines and countless headaches!

4:09 – Common permit misconceptions

7:30 – Title insurance 

10:00 – What permits do you need for wall removal in a basement? 

11:00 – Bathroom renovation permits

13:50 – Deck and pergola permit requirements 

15:00 – Two types of home renovation permits. The difference between a building permit and a development permit

21:00 – What is a site analysis for a home renovation? 

24:00 – What happens if your property report is different from your actual property?

28:00 – What size of shed needs a permit? Permit requirements for shed builds 

29:00 – What to do if you find out your home is non-compliant. How to review a non-compliance report 

41:00 – Secondary suite permits

50:00 – Do you need permits for sunrooms? 

Episode Disclaimer

The renovation permit requirements discussed in this episode are specific for Edmonton, Alberta Canada. If you are planning a renovation project outside of the Edmonton area, we encourage you to learn about the permits and codes specific to your location.

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