There’s a lot that goes into a custom home project. When you’re building a luxury custom home, your contractor will likely handle the permits. Generally they’ll include the cost of these permits in their bid, but always ask to make sure. Here are a few things to know about the permit process as you build your dream home.

BEFORE AND DURING THE BUILD

Your contractor will have to secure certain permits before he can even break ground. First, he’ll likely need a building permit. This requires sending in building plans and blueprints to the proper county office for approval. Each county has specific requirements for buildings, known as codes. These can specify all types of things like your type of windows and how far to space your railing posts.

Once you’ve secured your permits you’re not all free and clear. An agent of the county will come and inspect the premise to ensure you’ve followed your plans. If things aren’t up to code, you won’t pass inspection. Not only will you have to remedy the issue, but you’ll have to wait for an agent to re-inspect the property.

THERE ARE MANY PERMITS TO SECURE

Building a custom home requires many permits. Of course, the total amount will depend on your county’s requirements. You’ll most likely need a building permit, a sewage permit, electrical and plumbing permits, and potentially more. You should discuss the permits you home will need with your contractor. An experience builder will know the permitting process well and how to navigate it efficiently.

PERMITS VARY BY STATE AND COUNTY

What building codes work for rural Wisconsin won’t make a lot of sense along the coast of Florida. Always look into the codes for your specific county before you start planning your dream home. Florida, especially coastal towns like Sarasota County, has stringent regulations. Save yourself time and money by knowing what your county requires first.

PERMITS COST MONEY AND TAKE TIME

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just submit your plans, have them accepted and then be on your merry way? We agree. But permits cost money, and when you’re building a custom home that can mean big bucks. Remember to add the cost of permits to your budget. If you use a permit service company the cost will be higher.

PERMITS REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE

Make the permit process simple and easy with a custom home building professional. If you’re building a home around Longboat Key, Bird Key and the finest neighborhoods West of the Trail in Sarasota, call Markley Construction.

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