Do I need a city permit to remodel a patio cover to attach to roof

by RBL1167984
Breaking out slab and putting in new slab 12' x 22'. total cost of slab and patio roof is $7,000.
  12 answers
  • Zeta Williams Zeta Williams on Jan 23, 2015
    RBlake, to answer your question....this depends on the county and state your property is located. I, myself, would contact a respected roofing contractor and get a quote from him/her. The quote should be itemized showing cost of material to be installed and samples of materials, ie, colors, manufacturer, warrentee, labor and material and permits if required. The project you describe is quite an undertaking and should be completed with experienced knowhow. Hope this helps.
  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Jan 23, 2015
    Most cities can tell you if you will need a permit with a simple phone call. if they are unsure, they will ask you to come in with more details.
  • Most if not all townships require some sort of permit. Not only for safety but to stay inline with your insurance. If the roof/cover fails and its not properly permitted you may not be covered. As Julies, said its a simple call to find out. Think of the township inspectors as your friend. Their job is to assure your safety and those around you. If your constructing this yourself, and you can, you simply need to provide something along with what you show in the picture provided. You do not need to go into much detail, but you will be required to use proper materials and footings etc. to construct. All and all its pretty easy to do.
  • Diane gillaugh Diane gillaugh on Jan 23, 2015
    where i live depends on how big of the slab it is. for the roofing ,yes. has to be inspected.
  • Judy Brannon Judy Brannon on Jan 23, 2015
    Also depending on the community, i.e., if you have a homeowners' association, you would need to get their approval before applying for a permit with the city/town/municipality where you live. Before you go there, you will need specifics such as dimensions and materials, plans, etc.
  • Lucid Designs Lucid Designs on Jan 23, 2015
    A good rule of thumb to start with is if it has to do with major mechanicals (plumbing, electrical, hvac) or someone can see it from the street (roof, additions, etc), a permit is typically needed. But call Code Enforcement in your area to check. Also, call three different companies for bids. I typically go with the mid-range company because I don't want to deal with the issues that come with low-ballers nor the egos that come with the high bids. As Zeta said, make sure all bids are itemized. If they won't itemize it for you, skip that company completely.
  • Evelyn McMullen Evelyn McMullen on Jan 24, 2015
    I didn't even think of that. My patio cover was professionally done, the installer never mentioned permit.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Jan 24, 2015
    Check with your township supervisor. When we bought our home 30 years ago, there was an existing deck that was all rotted. So, replacing an existing deck, we did not need a permit. Is this replacing an old slab? Because if you are making it larger than what the previous slab was, you have stipulations on how far you have stipulations on ow far you have to be back from the road. Or off the side, so many feet away from your neighbors house
  • Carol Carol on Jan 25, 2015
    A reputable contractor should know the answer and be able to get any required permits. Never hurts to double-check with your permitting office because less reputable contractors may try to cut corners and not get the needed permits and then you are SOL if something happens and it collapses on someone or something and they take you to court.
  • LITRA LITRA on Sep 30, 2015
    I recommend you to talk with a professional for get more info before start the work
  • Liz Straughn Liz Straughn on Jul 28, 2016
    Check with your city hall. Our town will allow some work done without a permit, while larger remodels need a permit.
  • Janice Janice on Dec 21, 2023

    I'd suggest you get a contractor to take a look at what you're wanting to do and during the discussion ask them about what permits might be needed. Be sure they have done work in your specific area and are licensed and bonded. You could also contact your HOA, city, county officials and ask.