need permit for drywall?

cheap-poorAugust 9, 2006

my basement was walled with paneling when i bought it. after 5 years living here, my wife wanted to paint it a different color. i ended up tearing out the paneling & sheet-rocking the walls. no changes to electrics or anything else. am i good to go, or should i have gotten a permit? all i did was remove paneling & screw sheetrock to the same boards the paneling was attached to. thanks, cheap-poor

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mike_kaiser_gw

Probably not. Generally speaking if you do the work yourself and it doesn't involve anything structural, electric, plumbing, or roofing you don't need a permit. Your best bet is to always check with your local building department before starting a project. It's not like if you call they're going to send someone out to watch your house to make sure you got a permit. Most municipalities don't have that kind of extra manpower. :-)

Mike

    Bookmark   August 10, 2006 at 6:23AM
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brickeyee

Ask the AHJ if you want to know.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2006 at 9:03AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Brickeye,

Just to clarify an acronym for the benefit of other readers, AHJ means "authority having jurisdiction". For homeowners that is usually the local building department.

Mike

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 5:17AM
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