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Permits: How they work and why you need one

New equipment installation and home improvements projects are completed everyday in Colorado Springs.  It is the job if the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department to ensure that projects and installations are done safely and follow proper guidelines.  If you have never had a permit pulled on your home there are a few things you need to know to help the process run smoothly.

The Permit Process

The permit process involves a couple of steps.

First, before the project begins a permit must be pulled through Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.  This permit can be pulled by a homeowner or a contractor.  All appropriate permits must be pulled before work can begin.  Some projects require attachments by additional contractors.  For example, an AC requires a mechanical permit with an electric attachment before work can begin. Permits are only valid for 6 months.

Next, the project is completed.

Once complete, an inspection will need to be scheduled.  During the inspection a city inspector will review the project for code violations and safety concerns.  Inspections can be scheduled for any day, but the inspector may come at any time.  They do provide a 30 minute call ahead.  During the inspection, inspectors may find adjustments they would like to see on the project.  They will post these notes to your permit.

Once the job is completed to their satisfaction, your permit will be closed.

Permits that were not inspected or were left incomplete will remain open and eventually expire.  These expired permits can cause problems during the sale of your home or the renewal of your contractors license.

If you are concerned about the status of a permit on your home, you can call the regional building department or set up an account online.

Why You Should Get A Permit For Your Project

As a home owner, you want to make sure work is being done to appropriate quality standards. Even with DIY projects, it is a good idea to get a second look to make sure projects were done correctly and have no safety concerns. All licensed contractors should be pulling their own permits. Contractors skipping this part of the process or asking homeowners to pull permits may not be licensed. Additionally, permits are required for all projects when your house is being sold, so be sure that they are being opened and inspected for every home project.

All of our HVAC install include permits. If you are interested in a new installation, schedule your free consultation by calling 719-551-2232 or click here to schedule online.

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