Home Buying Tips: Do you Need a Permit?

permitYou’ve found your dream home in the historic district of a quaint Connecticut town. The house needs new windows, but that’s okay. You’ve factored repairs into the price and you can afford them.

Or maybe you found a home that will soon be your dream home, once you build a front porch. You can picture yourself rocking in a chair, sipping iced tea and chatting with neighbors on that new covered porch.

Maybe you feel any house is your dream house, as long as you can build a shed in the back for your tractor and tools.

As you’re purchasing your new home and thinking about the improvements you’ll make, keep in mind building permits.

Each town or city in Connecticut has its own regulations for permits. In some towns such as Middlefield, permits are required for most construction, even sheds.

As you probably know, Connecticut is filled with old towns. Old towns often have historic districts in order to preserve the history and styles of buildings.  In a town such as Kent, you might need a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic District Commission for replacing windows and doors or to add a fence.

Inland Wetlands is also something to consider. Towns like Seymour are beautiful because of their wetlands. If you’re thinking of building on your property, check to see if there are inland wetlands and find out what permits you need before starting any construction.

With a little research at the town or city hall, you’ll know if you need a permit for you project. And soon, you’ll be sitting on your new porch, listening to the lovely evening sounds of crickets.

Contact Michelle Manter for more information.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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