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!

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