Peter Mohylsky.   Broker -BRIX REALTY, BRIX REALTY -DESTIN (Miramar Beach, Florida )

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Ken Jones
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc. - Toms River, NJ

Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate Not only does each state have their own building code, but virtually every county and municipality also have their own building code, as well.

May 03, 2021 07:46 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Hi, Peter      

     There is an army of petty bureaucrats out there, ready to enforce thousands upon thousands of sometimes inane rules.  Finding out what those rules are, and whose permission you will need, can be a daunting task.  

     Suggest:  use licensed, experienced contractors and licensed vendors.  They probably know what hoops to jump through, and whose palms need to be greased.  

     Let us know when you get your permit!


May 03, 2021 08:21 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

There are some uniform building codes for health and safety BUT every county may have different terrain, weather conditions, styles, and materials. What soil type and style to a high rise in New York City is not subject to the same ins and outs as a cabin in Texas. Common are the electrical requirements,= and ADA space requirements as those are Federal to name a few.

  State Document Depository Libraries.


International Code Council (ICC)


    (800) 786-4452


International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)


    (909) 472-4208


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

May 03, 2021 07:23 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

There is a Uniform Building Code and think it is now an International Building Code that was put into place about 20 years ago in the US but state and local will override that if more stringent.

"Believed to be true but author is blonde, check my work"

I also expect the loonies running things to double down on this if permitted to, soon.

May 03, 2021 08:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I believe that there is an overarching building code that states, counties and cities can modify and customize.

May 03, 2021 07:56 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

If you dig deep you will find that almost everyting that is replaced needs a permit.

I always check permits for my buyer me some shocking info about the house which I may use to the buyers advantage.


May 03, 2021 08:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What Ken Jones said. And code can vary greatly from municipality to municipality and from county to county.

May 03, 2021 08:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Permits and codes abound...and yes each state has their peculiarities as does each county in California.  Here in Santa Barbara County, we have the Coastal Commission that can overrule permits based on keeping the ocean clean...

May 03, 2021 08:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The general guidance is to know the local and state regulations.

May 03, 2021 07:52 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Holy - you know what!  

To replace a garage door!? Yikes. 

Yes, there are codes and the most restrictive codes apply. 


May 03, 2021 11:19 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

yes, yes, & no.

Yes a garage door does need a permit. I would have asked how long it will take for the city to comply. It seems that they are backed up due to covid which I find ridiculous.

May 03, 2021 11:01 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

To pull a permit or not has long come up for the many. I have done both with doing the work preferred without regulators. However it is your neighbors and the competition that turn you in. It used to be that the city drove around looking for violations but that proved expensive now a days. As to conforming among the states and cities, everyone adopts what works and then applies specifics to their local. Keep in mind that people who own their Real Estate have a right to work on it un-inhibited until confronted

May 03, 2021 10:46 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

There is a plethora of codes at many different levels.

May 04, 2021 06:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Codes are a local thing. State, county, municipality. And the department heads can sometimes get a “god” syndrome

May 04, 2021 05:27 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Permits are job security for a lot of govt folks.

May 03, 2021 11:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Codes vary from state to state and county to county.

May 03, 2021 02:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If a citizen or illegal alien goes to Home Depot and request a contractor to replace their front door, the next thing that happens is a permit resqust is submitted to the city before any agreement with a contractor is made.
HOwever, if the citizen had done as 9 of my neighbors did, and replace it one and done.
But, in the first examle the inspector shows up and states new exterior door replacement must also have storm hardening feature such as plywood, metal or plastic covering and mounting hardware permantely installed around the opening.
Everyone starts with the International Build Codes then chop and ammend it to pieces.
Every hurricane in Florida spawns a new generation of codes with coastal communities being the most frantic.
Now guess what a pain in the ass it is to complete the permit and close it when Home Depot or their subcontractors did the job.
And speaking of garage doors, protect that paper lable that show the wind and impact rating of the door. Some insurers will require a picture of it so don't remove or paint over it. There are three other stickers also.

May 03, 2021 11:05 AM