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Old 08-23-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Hi, I am planning to update my kitchen, remove some carpet and paint my house that I just recently purchased. After doing some research, I found the application for Maintenance Existing Building on the Town of North Hempstead website. However, it asks for architect sign off and etcs. I am not making structural changes to the house at all. Do I really need to pull up the survey, then get architect sign offs for this?! This seem completely unnecessary!
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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No and no
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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You do not need an Application to Maintain. That is the form that is used to legalize Existing unpermitted construction. What you need is application for building permit. OR if you are not altering any walls doors or windows you can file a plumbing permit for the new kitchen sink, Stove, Ice machine. If you do the plumbing you will need a plumber to sign the application. If you do a building permit you will need an architect to draw plans and a survey of your property as well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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Thanks for the response.

After talking to my husband, we have some new idea for the kitchen and want to open up one wall and put in an island. Do we need to put in a permit for that? I read some forms that it required an architect to submit drawing, which will probably costs 6 to 10k. Is it worth it for me to open it up?

We also found out the oil tank in the basement wasn't done properly because we had a gas person come in for an estimate to convert to gas. However, due to the efficiency, we decide to keep it. If we apply for a permit, does it mean the inspector can come to the basement and check the oil tank as well.

This renovation process is way too stressful. Long Island has so many rules and I regret buying in L.I!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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Yep, if you want to take down a wall, Town of North Hempstead will definitely want you to file a building permit. It requires drawings, surveys, all sorts of insurances and your first born child. It is worth actually going down to the Buildings Department to talk to one of the guys there to see exactly what you need.

Even if you are doing a cosmetic update (e.g. new cabinets, countertops), the ToNH requires a plumbing permit if you are putting in new (gas) appliances. It's a huge pain in the neck. And yes, it costs tons of money and takes a lot of time. And they wonder why so many people don't pull the permit!!! Very aggravating.

Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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Thanks all.

Sigh, we are playing with different ideas here. We want to make an open kitchen and put in a gas stove. Now... should we get the permit? If we end up not getting the permit, how is that going to affect us in the future?
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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Thanks all.

Sigh, we are playing with different ideas here. We want to make an open kitchen and put in a gas stove. Now... should we get the permit? If we end up not getting the permit, how is that going to affect us in the future?

You technically need a permit for a almost everything. Replacing a window, getting a new dishwasher etc... I really feel that some of this stuff is overkill. Its not the actual permit process that drives me crazy.. afterall, I have no problem going through the extra steps... My main issue is that not everything in my house is up to code... (Well I do not really know that), however I read too much and have seen some of the problems with inspectros coming in to peoples houses and telling them stuff not even being changed is not up to code and that they have to fix it. Maybe I am just ignorant, but thats the impression I get. I live in an old house, and I cannot afford to start having to rip everything out.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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That is my concern as well. I just bought the house and inherited some of the old problems. Now, we are also under a tight budget for renovation. With that said, i would really hate having to hire an architect to draw up some pictures just for a small job... I am just afraid I might get caught and end up wasting time....
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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That is my concern as well. I just bought the house and inherited some of the old problems. Now, we are also under a tight budget for renovation. With that said, i would really hate having to hire an architect to draw up some pictures just for a small job... I am just afraid I might get caught and end up wasting time....
Are you sure you need an architects drawing? I know the TONH did away with the need for surveys for common interior renovations. Dont quote me on that, but I read an article somewhere with a little blurb about it.

Not sure if you said you got that information from the buildings department or not.

I understand your dilemma... Its hard enough to live here and then all of these fees and cost of work taxes, etc... are so high.
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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Jyang, did you ever go through with any of this? First time owner and this permit process looks like the biggest pia. Not to mention, I've already seen licensed contractors want to charge...

Basically, I'm looking to do this at a minimum if everything else is going to require a licensed contractor.

Remove all drywall in the basement and add insulation (including bathroom walls - have permit for the bathroom)

Tile the basement

Remove carpet in all rooms upstairs and add wood floors.

Add recessed lighting into the ceilings

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Hi, I am planning to update my kitchen,
remove some carpet and paint my house that I just recently purchased. After doing some research, I found the application for Maintenance Existing Building on the Town of North Hempstead website. However, it asks for architect sign off and etcs. I am not making structural changes to the house at all. Do I really need to pull up the survey, then get architect sign offs for this?! This seem completely unnecessary!
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