Do You Need a Permit for a Roof Replacement?

If you’re interested in a roof replacement, but unsure about the process, lifespan, or requirements for a new roof, we’re here to help.

The average asphalt shingle roof should last up to 25 years with proper installation and maintenance. However, a lot of things can happen in those 25 years, from bad storms or unforeseen events that can cause irreparable damage. 

When it comes to addressing that damage, one thing homeowners don’t ask enough is whether they need a permit for roof replacement

The short answer here is yes, you do need a permit for roof replacement projects as well as any significant repairs. Below we’ll address everything you need to know about the permit needed for roof replacement in the state of Ohio.

What Kinds of Permits Apply to Roofing Projects in Ohio?

The permit required for roof replacement projects in the state of Ohio is the same type of building permit that local counties require for any major home renovations. While there are some exceptions, the general rule of thumb is that any work with an estimated cost of over $10,000 will require a permit. The rule of thumb also covers new roof installations for existing roofs of over 500 square feet.

So, what’s the exception to this rule? Essentially any minor repairs that aren’t considered structural work don’t require a permit. This covers:

  •  Replacing a few shingles 
  • Patching the roof
  • Roof rejuvenation

It should also be noted that building permits are issued on the city or county level, which means the requirements to obtain them will vary slightly. 

Who Is Required to Obtain a Permit for a Roof Replacement?

If you — the homeowner — plan to carry out the roof replacement or significant repairs yourself, then you’re responsible for obtaining the building permit. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that you can only apply for a permit if you are completing the work on your own or with the help of unpaid individuals. You cannot apply for a permit for the work and then take on hired help without the proper licensing — that’s illegal.

The more common scenario involves hiring a licensed roofing contractor to do the work. This is also the recommended option, as roof replacements are a serious and advanced undertaking. When you hire a roofing contractor, they will be responsible for applying for and obtaining the proper permit. 

Keep in mind, the roofing contractor must be licensed — otherwise, they cannot legally obtain a building permit for the work.

What Happens If You Don’t Get a Roofing Permit?

workers reviewing permit documents on construction site

Failure to obtain the appropriate permits for your roof repairs or replacement can substantially impact your home’s insurance coverage. It can also result in serious fines, especially if an accident or injury occurs on the job site. 

For example, if there’s no roof replacement permit when the work begins, but you’ve filed a homeowners insurance claim due to damage, your insurer will be in their rights to deny the claim. This means you’ll be forced to pay for your new roof out of pocket.

What’s more, you’ll need a building inspector to come by before and after the roofing project is complete. They may also check in during the project to ensure everything is in order. If you fail to present them with the building permit, they can order the work to cease until the appropriate permit has been obtained, as well as a hefty fine.

Why You Need a Licensed Roofing Contractor

As mentioned earlier, it’s always recommended that you hire a trusted roofer to handle your roofing projects. Not only are they already licensed, but they know how the process works and how to apply for permits properly. Should you apply for a building permit on your own, with no prior roofing experience, it’s highly likely that your permit will be denied.

Hiring a licensed roofing contractor also ensures that you’re getting a skilled team to inspect your existing roof and complete your new roof. This will bring you peace of mind, knowing the job will be completed efficiently and properly, so you won’t have to worry about any issues after the fact.

Always Hire a Trustworthy Roofer

worker wearing safety belt while repairing green asphalt shingle roof

Ensuring you have a permit for your roof replaced is the best way to avoid illegal construction and fines. It also ensures that your roof is built up to code, which guarantees the standard for high-quality workmanship. 

When you have roof damage, AllPhase Roofing & Restoration is the licensed and certified roofing team to call. We can provide you with accurate and no-obligation estimates, and we always secure the proper permits before starting any job. 

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