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Old 09-23-2011, 09:41 AM
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We are planning on renovating our kitchen and bathrooms, not changing the footprint or layout, just updating the cabinets, fixtures, appliances and flooring. Does that require a permit? I called the TONH 311 number and have been receiving inconsistent answers based on the rep answering the phone.

Anyone can share their past experiences that would be great.

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Old 09-23-2011, 09:50 AM
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Knowing the nonsense that is going on there now I would say yes you need a permit. BUT, I know of no one who has gotten a permit for a remodel that essentially replaces like for like, including moving cabinet locations around or fixtures. My comments include friends who have recently sold their homes and had no trouble with kitchen or bath remodels but did with central air conditioners that had been there when they bought 20 years ago. This sale is as recent as May 2011. They were hammered with other violations also that necessitated $25k in escrow which is still unsettled as of now, but nothing on the kitchen or bath which were remodeled within the last 4-5 years.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:27 AM
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I think you'll be okay not getting a permit. I had a nightmare experience selling my house last year. Thankfully it's all over now but it was a cash deal so that helped. Anyway...I had to legalize a bunch of stuff but remodeled bathrooms and a remodeled kitchen weren't a problem. Now adding a bathroom, yes that you need a permit for (and of course adding a kitchen would be a huge no no since then you're obviously heading down the road of setting up an illegal apartment). I think technically you need a permit if you're changing the placement of fixtures but even then I think you'll be okay. Both the bathrooms and kitchen in my house were remodeled by the previous owners (I also think some rearrangement of fixtures took place). In any event, I didn't get any grief over it. I also lived in the Town of North Hempstead.
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