Roofing Permit

You need a Roofing Permit, for any repairs or re-roofing, usually in excess of 100 square feet (called a “square” in roofing lingo).

You must get your permit before work is started, as you might be fined if you don’t! First offense is sometimes zero or the cost of the permit, but second and third offenses can get very expensive.

Also, be prepared to provide access to the inspector when (s)he comes to inspect. This means an OSHA compliant ladder extending at least 3′ above the roof, able to hold a minimum of 300 pounds and secured at the roof. You’ll be expected to have this ladder to make the repairs or do the job.

Replacing your roof is expensive, even if you do it yourself, soinsurance companies and lenders require this work to be inspected. It makes sense for these companies to protect their investments, but the homeowner benefits, too. Work performed that is not up to code could be dangerous or cause leaks which might damage the home.

Be sure you check with the building department to see what you need. In many states, if there’s only one course of shingles you may be able to roof over, which means to simply add a second layer of shingles over the first, and might eliminate the need for a permit.

If you DO need a permit, the inspector will want to see:

• The sheathing, if the roof is brand new or you are having a tear-off of the old roofing.

• The felt or material you’ll be using under the shingles. Inspectors like to see the types of fasteners used and the overlap.

• The final roof. They like to see how the shingles meet valleys, overlap and ridges.

Inspectors must sign off on the permit before Final Inspection.

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