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Permits for Roof Work -- when are they required? By  Joe Emison

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1/26/2012 12:35:30 PM

I'm looking across the 50 states (+ DC) to understand when permits are required for roof work.  Based upon my research so far, it seems that in many states, you do not need a permit if you remove and replace all of the roof covering, but you do need a permit if you do anything with the layers below the covering (sheathing, rafters, flashing)  So I have a few questions:

  1. How common is it to require a permit to replace the roof covering?
  2. How common is it to not require a permit even when doing roof work that goes beyond replacing the covering?
  3. Any idea on how many of the states have requirements either way?

Thanks much for any help you can give!

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Permits for Roof Work -- when are they required? By  mtlogcabin

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1/26/2012 1:34:47 PM

 Posted by Joe Emison

I'm looking across the 50 states (+ DC) to understand when permits are required for roof work.  Based upon my research so far, it seems that in many states, you do not need a permit if you remove and replace all of the roof covering, but you do need a permit if you do anything with the layers below the covering (sheathing, rafters, flashing)  So I have a few questions:

  1. How common is it to require a permit to replace the roof covering?
  2. How common is it to not require a permit even when doing roof work that goes beyond replacing the covering?
  3. Any idea on how many of the states have requirements either way?

Thanks much for any help you can give!

All commercial requires a re-roof permit

1 & 2 family no permits unless the more than 10% of the sheating is being replaced

ICC does not stand for Intentionally Clear and Concise

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Permits for Roof Work -- when are they required? By  Richard Pietkiewicz

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1/27/2012 8:18:07 AM

In Pa. under the Uniform Construction Code I interpet the modified administrative section and definitions related to roofing;

Residential - You can remove covering and re-apply. The trigger for permits would be effective once the sheathing or other structural member is removed, replaced or altered.

I have observed plenty of roof permits issued as a result of  shingle replacement without structural work and no municipal amendments.

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Permits for Roof Work -- when are they required? By  Jarboa

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1/30/2012 11:34:02 AM

In GA I would guess 70% require permits for re-roof we do. No amendment either. Our state does not require anything but a business license for roofers therefor it makes it easer to keep up with the complaints.

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Permits for Roof Work -- when are they required? By  Bryan Holland

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1/30/2012 8:21:48 PM

Florida has extremely stringent requirements for reroofing as identified in Section 611 of the FBC - Existing Building Code.  In some cases, complete retrofitting of the roofing system is required per Chapter 16 of the FBC - Existing Building Code.

In most jurisdictions, even minor repairs require permtting & inspection. A typical reroof job in Florida requires a sheathing nail-off inspecion, dry-in / in-progress inspection, & final inspection.  Florida Statutes also requires the contractor to submit a "Contractor's Inspection Affidavit."

Bryan P. Holland, MCP

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