One common question installers often get before a window replacement project is whether or not it’s necessary to secure a permit for it. While laws and regulations can vary from one city to another, there are a few concepts that are consistent wherever you are in the country. Permit requirements can depend on the scale of your project but they can also be influenced by certain policies that the city or the neighborhood enforces.
Filing for construction permits for replacing windows or doors are usually handled by a professional installer. This is why it’s always a good idea to entrust the job to a reputable company who can help make sure the whole process is as stress-free as possible.
When Are Permits Needed?
When you contract a company to have replacement windows put up, the job will usually fall into one of two categories. Minor window replacements simply mean taking out the sashes or the moveable parts for repairs or refurbishment and do not involve taking out the entire unit off your walls. In these cases, a permit is usually not needed, however check with your local council first to be 100% certain. On the other hand, major replacements that involve the opening itself such as changing the location of the window, removing the window, or modifying its frame and dimensions, usually require a contract.
Safety and Protection
The number one reason a city building department requires permits is for safety. Windows, for all their uses and benefits, also function as egress points in case of an emergency. The sizes of your windows must be big enough to let you get out and emergency personnel in.
Cities may also require permits so the design of your replacement windows are consistent with the rest of your neighborhood. Certain local areas may also prohibit certain materials that are deemed “ugly” by city standards.
Our skilled installers at Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio can help you with your window replacement projects every step of the way. Give us a call at (419) 931-6970 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation today. We serve homeowners in Toledo, OH as well as in all surrounding areas.