Do i need planning permission for a new roof: Do I Need a Permit to Get My Roof Repaired or Replaced?

Do I Need a Permit to Get My Roof Repaired or Replaced?

If your roof has sustained damage due to a storm and needs to be repaired, or if it’s older than 15 years and you are planning to replace it, you may be wondering if you need a permit.  

Even minor repairs should be done by a licensed roofing contractor, and part of getting the done job right is pulling the appropriate permits. So, when do you need a permit?  

Don’t stress! Your friends at Goodfriend Roofing explain when a permit is needed for your roofing project and why they’re so important.  

What Kinds of Permits Apply to a Roofing Project?

The permit that is pulled for a roof replacement is the same permit that would be required to do any major renovation work on your home. Keep in mind, there are exceptions. Usually, any work that costs over $10,000 will require a permit, but if the work is a minor repair, a permit may not be required.  

Building permits are issued by cities and counties so their requirements vary. A look at Hillsborough County’s regulations will give you a good idea if you need a permit or not for your roof repair in Tampa.  

Roofing permits are required for the installation of a new roof or the repair of an existing roof where the installation or repair exceeds 500 square feet.

The general rule is that a building permit will be required when the work being completed is structural. In the case of roofing, minor repairs to your shingles will not be considered structural, but the work we specialize in replacing all shingles, doing an extensive repair, or re-roofing your home is considered structural and is permit-worthy.

Here, at Goodfriend Roofing we don’t just say that you’re a good friend; we mean it. You now have your local “roof guy” – so call/text your friends whenever you have a big roofing job, need a quality inspection, new roof or re-roof.  As your Goodfriend, you know we’ll be right there.  

Who Can Get a Permit for a Roof Project?

If you are completing the work yourself, as a homeowner, you can apply for a permit. It is important to note that you may only pull a permit as a homeowner if you are completing the work on your own, or with “unpaid” friends and family. Don’t think that you can pull a permit and then hire a contractor. That’s not how it’s done.  

If you are hiring a licensed roofing contractor to do the work (which we highly recommend) your roofing contractor will apply for the permit. This can save you time and headaches, but keep in mind, to apply for the permit, the contractor must be licensed.  

What Happens if I Don’t Get a Permit?

Lacking to procure the appropriate permits when repairing or re-roofing your home can impact your home’s insurance coverage. For example, if a permit was not pulled for a re-roof, and a homeowner’s claim is filed due to damage, your insurer is within its rights to deny your claim. Therefore it is important that the correct permits are pulled before beginning a roofing project.  

Friends don’t let friends chance it! Call Goodfriend Roofing and we will save you the hassle of pulling permits and get the job done right!

Why Do I Need a Licensed Roofing Contractor?

As stated above, only a licensed contractor can apply for a building permit. So, if you aren’t a licensed contractor, or you aren’t hiring one, you won’t be getting a building permit for your roof replacement.

This could be a BIG problem if a building inspector notices your work. If they see that you are doing work without a permit, they can order all work to cease until you get the appropriate permit. Further, you could face fines for working without one!  

Generally, any contractor that will be doing more than $2,500 worth of work on your roof requires a license. Hiring a licensed roofing contractor ensures that you are getting a skilled and experienced roofer to complete your project and the peace of mind that your large roof repair or re-roof will be completed correctly.  

Re-Roof with a Goodfriend

Friends don’t let friends redo their roofs alone! When you need substantial roof repair, or a complete re-roof call your friends at Goodfriend Roofing. We will pull all required permits and ensure that the work is completed up to code. Save our number if you want!  

Repair or install a new roof anywhere in Tampa Bay today—813-579-5789!

Do I Need a Permit to Replace My Roof Myself?

Posted on by Jason Somers

Having your roof replaced can be a costly project because of the need to hire contractors who can perform the work in a timely manner. Let’s say that you’re having a 1,500 square-foot roof installed on your home. The cost of labor for this type of project is usually around $1.00-$1.50 per square foot, which means that labor alone would add $1,500-$2,250 to your total project costs.

What Does DIY Roofing Mean?

Replacing a Roof Can Be Dangerous

Replacing a Roof Requires Having the Right Tools

Insurance May Not Cover DIY Roof Installation

Are Permits Required To Repair a Roof or Reroof?

Needed Roofing Permits and California Roofing Codes

What Can a Homeowner Do Without a Permit?

What Happens If an Inspector Finds Unpermitted Work?

It’s possible, however, to avoid these costs by completing the installation process yourself, which is referred to as DIY roofing. Roof replacements are considered to be complex home improvement projects, which is why it’s highly recommended that you do your research before engaging in DIY roofing.

The drawbacks to completing a roof replacement on your own include the project being somewhat dangerous if you don’t have experience, the fact that you need to purchase the necessary tools for the job, and the amount of time you’ll need to spend on the project if you want to fully replace your roof without assistance from professional contractors.

If you want to replace the entirety of your roof, you will need to obtain a roofing permit, which ensures that your project adheres to California code regulations. For more minor repairs, a permit might not be necessary. On the other hand, major repairs will require a permit. Before you perform this type of project, you should know that a homeowners insurance policy doesn’t always cover DIY roofs, which is something you should ask your insurer about early on in the project.

If you make the decision to replace your roof without obtaining a permit, you could face stiff penalties and may be ordered by the city to reverse any work that you’ve done. While the process and fees for obtaining a permit can be frustrating, not having a permit will likely cause you to waste a considerable amount of time and money if this issue is identified by the city. This article guides you through the process of obtaining a permit when replacing a roof.

What Does DIY Roofing Mean?

DIY roofing involves repairing or replacing your roof without the assistance of a roofing contractor. If you want to repair your roof, complete a reroof project, or replace the entire roof, you can do so as long as you have the right tools and take the necessary precautions. There are many websites online that go into precise detail about every step that should be taken when completing a DIY roofing project.

If you want to replace the entire roof in a single-family home, you should be able to do so in around two days. During the first day of the project, you can focus solely on removing the existing roofing materials. On the second day, you’ll have the opportunity to install a completely new roof.

Keep in mind that there are some drawbacks associated with replacing your roof without any help. For one, these projects can be dangerous. If you aren’t experienced with completing roofing projects, you could be in danger of falling off your roof. Additional drawbacks include everything from needing to obtain the right tools to the possibility that your homeowners insurance policy won’t cover your roof when you repair or replace it yourself.

Replacing a Roof Can Be Dangerous

First of all, replacing a roof can be highly dangerous if you attempt to do so on your own. The majority of roofs have a slope, which can be relatively steep and may make it difficult to retain your balance while replacing roofing materials. Even professional roofers risk becoming injured when falling off a roof. Keep in mind that falls are among the most common causes of fatal accidents on construction sites.

If you’re certain that you’d rather complete a roofing project on your own, you should have a firm understanding of the dangers and how to avoid them. The amount of time a roof installation takes depends on the type of roof you’d like to make. There are many roof types you could choose to have installed on your home, which include:

  • Slate roofing – These roofs are made from natural slate tiles that offer a premium appearance
  • Metal roofing – This type of roofing uses metal panels that are highly resistant to inclement weather as well as high winds
  • Shingles – These roofs are comprised of overlapping shingles that are available in a wide range of colors
  • Fire-resistant roofs – Fire-resistant roofing usually involves a combination of clapboards and fiber cement shingles to ensure a class A fire rating
  • Cool roofs – A cool roof is designed specifically to reflect a higher amount of sunlight when compared to conventional roofs, which helps keep home interiors cool
  • Solar roofs – Solar shingles are made from thin photovoltaic sheets that are able to absorb sunlight that will be converted into energy for the home

The safety risks you might encounter when replacing or repairing a roof include slipping on a sloped surface during inclement weather or not having the right protective equipment on hand. It’s also possible to incorrectly repair a roof in a manner than worsens damage and leads to higher costs.

Replacing a Roof Requires Having the Right Tools

Repairing or replacing a roof requires the right tools for the job. When you hire a professional roofing company, they’ll automatically have access to nailers, scaffolding, air compressors, ladders, and laws, which the majority of homeowners don’t automatically have. Keep in mind that certain roofing materials also require special knowledge and expertise to install properly. If you’re intent on replacing your roof on your own, the primary tools that are needed for this job include:

  • Roofing nail guns
  • Air compressor
  • Scoop shovel
  • Utility knife
  • Roofing shovel
  • Roofing hammer
  • Tarps
  • Pry bar
  • Chalk line tools
  • Caulking gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw and reciprocating saw
  • Drill
  • Generator
  • Hard hats
  • Ladders
  • Safety harnesses
  • Personal protective equipment and roofing shoes
  • Broom and rake
  • Magnetic sweeper

Insurance May Not Cover DIY Roof Installation

In the event that your roof is set to be replaced because of damage, your homeowners insurance policy likely provides coverage as long as a professional roofing company completes the project. However, your insurance claim might not go through if you attempt to perform the project on your own. You’ll also find that a workmanship warranty isn’t available for DIY roof installations.

Are Permits Required To Repair a Roof or Reroof?

Permit are required if you intend to replace your roof. However, minor repairs are considered to be roof maintenance in California, which means that a permit isn’t necessary. If large portions of the roof need to be replaced, the project is considered to be a reroof, which means that you would need to apply for a permit. The general rule for building permits is that they are necessary when the work is structural in nature.

Needed Roofing Permits and California Roofing Codes

If you want to repair or reroof a home, there are a range of permits you’ll need to apply for. The primary roofing permits that might apply to your project include:

  • Roofing permit – $250-$500
  • Plumbing permit – $50-$500
  • HVAC permit – $250-$400

If you’re set to replace your entire roof or perform substantial repair work, a roofing permit is necessary in accordance with the latest California Building Code. If you’re replacing a roof that’s sloped steeper than a 2:12 ratio on a home that’s situated to the east of Berkeley Hills/El Sobrante Ridge, the California Building Code requires that you obtain a cool roof. Roof flashing must also be installed at all roof and wall intersections as well as gutters.

What Can a Homeowner Do Without a Permit?

While the majority of roofing and home improvement project must be done with a permit, there are numerous remodeling projects you can perform on your own without having a license. These projects include:

  • Install panels and trim around the baseboards or crown molding
  • Install countertops
  • Install flooring and carpet
  • Paint walls and hang wallpaper
  • Make small repairs
  • Make small electrical repairs

What Happens If an Inspector Finds Unpermitted Work?

If you end up replacing the roof of your home without a permit, you could face some consequences if an inspector finds the work you’ve done. The reason that building codes exist in the first place is to make sure that any structure that’s built is safe for people to live or work in. Even if your unpermitted work has a premium quality to it, the city can’t be certain that your work is sufficient.

If you attempt to sell a home with unpermitted work, there’s a good chance that the buyer’s lender wouldn’t provide a loan that covers unpermitted work. In the event that a city inspector discovers unauthorized work, it’s likely that fines and tax penalties would be levied against you. There’s also a possibility that you would be required to demolish the unpermitted work, after which you could redo the project with the right licenses and permits in place.

If you feel like you would be able to replace your old or damaged roof on your own, this option may help you save a large sum of money. However, there are many factors that must be taken into account before you begin a project of this scope and size. Before you begin a roofing project of any kind, make sure that you apply for and obtain the necessary building permits.

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Distance from the house to the fence: building codes

What to do?

Julia Perepelkina

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I have a summer cottage in New Moscow. I arrived there in the spring and discovered that a neighbor had built a two-story house close to my fence. My house stands five meters from the border of the plots, and the windows of the second floor of the neighboring one are now exactly at the level of mine.

What are the rules for individual housing construction? If a neighbor violated the rules, what sanctions can be applied to him?

Irina Polovodova


Author’s profile

When building a house, you must comply with building, fire and sanitary standards. But most importantly, the house must be built in such a way that it does not violate the rights of neighbors and does not pose a threat to their life and health. The court will proceed from this when it starts to figure out whether any norms have been violated or not. I’ll tell you what can be done in your case.

Where the norms for the construction of residential buildings are prescribed

The main document to be guided by is the rules for land use and development, PZZ. They are accepted by the local administration for a specific territory. For example, there is a PZZ in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Yaroslavl. Even small settlements now often also have land use and development rules.

The PZZ prescribes:

  1. The maximum and minimum sizes of plots.
  2. Minimum setback from lot boundaries to accommodate buildings.
  3. Maximum number of storeys of the house.
  4. Percentage of building on the plot.

What kind of fence can be placed on a garden plot?

PZZ cannot contradict federal laws and are developed taking into account all construction standards that are in force in Russia. But local authorities can supplement these norms with their own. For example, to impose additional requirements on the size of land plots and even the appearance of houses.

So, in Rostov-on-Don, it is possible to build a residential building on a plot for individual housing construction, provided that the distance from the boundaries of the plot to the walls of the house is at least three meters, and the area of ​​the plot is at least two acres.

In Ekaterinburg, a three-meter indent from the site boundary is also prescribed. But the minimum size of a plot for individual housing construction in this city is seven acres.

st. 11 ZK RF

clause 4.1 of the rules for land use and development of Rostov-on-Don

tab. 23 Rules for Land Use and Development of Yekaterinburg

The PZZ has different requirements for each type of permitted land use. There are 81 such species in the classifier, but only four are relevant for owners of private houses:

  1. For individual housing construction — 2.1.
  2. For personal subsidiary farming — 2.2.
  3. For horticulture — 13.1.
  4. For horticulture – 13. 2.

Thus, in your situation, you need to look at the PZZ of Moscow and find the section with the requirements for individual housing construction – code 2.1.

It is impossible to violate the PPP during construction – it does not matter if a professional company is doing the work or the owner is building for himself. If you build a house with violations, local authorities can sue – and you will have to fix the problems or even demolish the house.

In addition to the PPP, there are also fire safety regulations. They no longer regulate the distance from the house to the boundaries of the land plot, but the distance between the houses. This is called a fire break or setback. It must be at least six meters, and the specific distance depends on the materials from which both houses are made. If the houses are made of bricks, the gap is smaller, and if they are made of wood, the gap is larger.

pp. 4.3, 5.3.2 SP 4.13130.2013

Fire gaps can be reduced by treating one or both houses with special non-combustible compounds or, for example, building a fire wall – this is the name of a special facade cladding that prevents the fire from spreading to the house.

Section 2 4 of the technical regulation on fire safety requirements

The State Fire Supervision Authority monitors the fire regulations. If the indents are not observed, he can fine the owner of the house in the amount of 5,000 to 15,000 rubles.

art. 20.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation

Rules for the construction of private houses in Moscow

According to the federal rules for planning and developing low-rise housing construction areas, the recommended distance from the house to the site boundary is three meters. This is precisely a recommendation, the authorities of specific cities may or may not follow it.

clause 5.3.4 SP 30-102-99

In Moscow, the rules for land use and development do not establish minimum setbacks of buildings from the boundaries of plots. This means that your neighbor is not required to maintain a distance of three meters from the house to the fence. According to the PZZ, he has the right to build close. Also, in the PZZ there is no standard for the minimum area of ​​a land plot.

pp. 3.4.1 and 3.4.2 of the Rules for Land Use and Development of Moscow

At the same time, the PZZ of Moscow does not cancel the general fire regulations. You should measure the distance not from the fence to the house, but between the houses, and then it will become clear whether the fire gap is observed or not.

Violation of the rules on gaps is possible only in one case – if the owners of both houses agree to this. They can sign an agreement and thus take responsibility. If there was a fire, they knew what they were doing.

p. 4.13 SP 4.13130.2013

What are the prospects for a lawsuit in court

Although there is no direct ban on building a house back to back in Moscow, the Supreme Court clarified that in case of disputes, the courts should look at the reasonableness of the layout. If the rights of a neighbor are violated due to the proximity of the house, this is wrong.

pp. 4-47 of the decision of the Plenum of the Supreme Court and the Plenum of the Supreme Arbitration Court dated 04/29/2010 style=”white-space: nowrap;”> No. 10/22PDF, 161 KB

That is, you can file a lawsuit and try to prove that the neighbor’s house poses a threat. In your case, the PZZ are not violated, sanitary standards, it seems, too. Apparently, it is necessary to refer mainly to fire regulations.

st. 304 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation

If the neighborhood is categorically unacceptable, a claim is filed for demolition. But there are more chances to win the case if you do not demand the dismantling of the entire house, but ask for the elimination of specific problems that interfere with life.

Here are court stories from Moscow.

❌ The houses of two neighbors stood a few centimeters apart. Once it was one building, but then part of it was demolished and rebuilt – it turned out to be two separate ones. In some places, the distance between the houses is only 35 cm.

In 2013, the court ordered the owner of one of the houses to remake the slope from the roof so that the water from it does not spoil the foundation of another. But the owner did not comply with the decision, but filed another lawsuit – he demanded to demolish the second floor of the neighbor’s house, dismantle the gas pipe and slopes from the roof.

The examination confirmed that the claims were justified: precipitation from the roof fell on the foundation of a neighboring house and destroyed it. In addition, the gas pipe passed too close – this is a direct threat to safety. In addition, the expert concluded that the very construction of the second house is unreliable and it may fall.

5 myths about fines for summer residents: what land owners should not be afraid of

Residents of this house did not agree and also filed a lawsuit. They said that they were ready to redo the drain from the roof, but only if the neighbor pays for it – 467,031 R. In addition, he must compensate for moral damage in the amount of 200,000 R, and it would also be nice to remove the bushes from the boundaries of the site.

The court denied everyone everything. The judge referred to the Moscow Land Regulations, which do not specify the indents between the houses. A forensic examination showed that the threat from the proximity to the gas pipe is far-fetched, and precipitation does not affect the foundations in any way. So, there is nothing to compensate each other.

Case No. 33-3197/2019PDF, 97 KB

✅ A woman built a two-story residential building with an area of ​​153.8 m² on a plot of five acres, and Rosreestr refused to register ownership. Reason: they could not withstand a three-meter indent from the boundaries of the site.

The court ordered an expert examination to find out if there were any violations of fire safety rules. The expert concluded that there is a violation, but this will not interfere with the operation of the house. You need to build a fire wall – and you can live.

The owner of the house made a reconstruction on the site, and the court ordered the department to register the property.

Case No. 2-4762/2020PDF, 82 KB

What is the result

In your case, the land use and development rules, on the basis of which it would be possible to achieve the demolition of the house, are not violated.

It is possible that the neighbor during the construction did not follow the fire safety rules and did not withstand the required gap between the houses. You can apply to the State Supervision Service with a statement. Please note that this local structure is called the Oversight and Prevention Department – OPM and PR – and rarely accepts applications electronically. It is better to file a complaint on the website of the main department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the region, and then it will be redirected automatically.

I want to legally blow up my dacha. What will happen to me for this?

If the violation is confirmed, the maximum fine that can be imposed on a neighbor is RUR 15,000.

You can also sue. But if the decision is positive, the court will most likely simply oblige the neighbor to take additional measures.