19 Mar Did you complete a re-roof without a permit?
A permit is required if you plan on re-roofing your home and this should be pulled by the licensed contractor that you hire to complete the work. Will every roofer pull a permit? Not necessarily. Sure, a roofer can reroof your home without a permit but what happens when a city inspector drives by your home, stops to check that a permit for the roofing work is posted onsite, and there’s no permit to be found? The inspector can immediately shut down all roofing work until a permit is issued.
What if the inspector arrives just as the last of your old roof is removed? Your home is left uncovered and unprotected until that permit is pulled. A permit is a sure way to avoid this inconvenience. Reroofing without a permit is also a building code violation, and it’s likely that any warranty would be void and non-transferable to a new buyer of your home. All reroofs require a permit, and if you ever sell your home, you will need to show that a permit was obtained (or disclose that the reroof was done without a permit or inspections).
Pulling a roofing permit is an added insurance that your roofing job will be done to the requirements of the Florida Building Code. Your local building department requires a series of inspections for the specified phases of your roofing project. This is for your protection and safety.
A sign-off inspection chart is provided with every permit that is issued. It is to be posted with the permit in clear view on your property. The city and the county roofing inspections are to be called in by the roofer at the completion of each phase. An inspector will arrive the following day to verify the accomplished work and sign off on the inspection. If they witness something improper, a corrective work order will be issued which must be completed prior to a final inspection being signed off.
The city and county roofing inspections that satisfy the permitting requirements are as follows:
Tear-off & Sheathing Inspection: This inspection is to establish that the old roof has been completely removed and any rotted or damaged roof decking (plywood sheathing), trusses, and fascia has been properly repaired or replaced.
Roof Deck Nailing Inspection: This nailing inspection is generally handled by an affidavit signed and notarized by the roofing contractor stating that the nail pattern on the plywood sheathing is to current codes.
Dry-in Inspection: This inspection is meant to assure that the underlayment is installed properly by its attachment and nail pattern establishing a secondary water barrier.
In-Progress Inspection: This is a simple inspection that assures all other inspections and affidavits are signed off and the roofer is proceeding with the installation of the main roofing material in a workmanlike manner.
Final Roof Inspection: The final inspection is to satisfy that the roof is complete and appears to meet all required codes. It establishes that the clean-up process is satisfactory to the building department’s expectations and that any leftover material has been secured or removed. At this point, the permit can be closed out and all the building departments’ requirements ha
If you completed a re-roof without a permit, you can still get this properly permitted. If you have an expired permit that did not complete all the required inspections, the permit can be re-opened, and the permit can still be finalized. However, this is a slightly different process.
First you must engage in a roofing contractor and engineer. The roofing contractor will need to open sections of the roof for the engineer to see the installation, usually a minimum of three openings. The engineer will inspect the condition of the work and verify that It meets the current Florida Building Code or the building code in effect of that permit year, if allowed by city municipality.
If the engineer concurs that all items meet the current FBC and no additional repairs are required, a signed, sealed, certified engineer letter will be provided. This will satisfy the requirements by your local municipality for the missed in progress inspections.
In some cases, the engineer will certify the work contingent on completing repairs in order to meet building code. If repairs are required, they must be completed by your roofing contractor and the engineer will need to come back to the job site to then certify the work. Keep in mind, it is possible the engineer will not be able to certify the work that was completed and recommend a complete re-roof.
Don’t turn a blind eye and reroof without permits. Hire a licensed contractor.
If you find yourself in this situation, Aruba Permit Services partnered with Aruba Construction & Roofing, Inc. can help!! Our team of licensed professionals and engineers are ready to assist and will ensure your roof is permitted with the proper inspections.
Call us today for a free estimate!