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Old 07-03-2016, 01:52 PM
 
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i want to remove the existing plaster and replace with sheetrock, i know i need a permit from engineering to rent a dumpster but do i need one ( minor repairs/alterations) permit to hang new sheetrock??
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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i want to remove the existing plaster and replace with sheetrock, i know i need a permit from engineering to rent a dumpster but do i need one ( minor repairs/alterations) permit to hang new sheetrock??
You should contact the building inspector in the community where the work is being done for assistance. I'm surprised you needed a permit for a dumpster? We used one before we moved and there was no permit required. They just dropped it off, we filled it up and they picked it up. I guess it all depends on where you live?
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:11 PM
 
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thanks for the info! i will follow up tuesday with the city
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:17 PM
 
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thanks for the info! i will follow up tuesday with the city
You're welcome! Better safe than sorry, I know of people who performed work on their homes without getting a building permit when required. In addition to fines they had to tear it all out and start all over again. You may not need a permit for what you want to do, but this way you'll have piece of mind that everything is legal.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:12 PM
 
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that is my main concern, i want the piece of mind that everything is legit so that i can work without looking over my shoulder. i will update with requirements once i contact city so anyone else will know in the future.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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i want to remove the existing plaster and replace with sheetrock, i know i need a permit from engineering to rent a dumpster but do i need one ( minor repairs/alterations) permit to hang new sheetrock??

As far as I know, you only need a dumpster permit if you are placing it on the street. I am surprised to hear that you need one if its on your property. But I guess any reason to add a tax is the thought of some local governments. I also do no know any local governments that require a permit to replace existing plaster with sheet rock. But again, I could be wrong. I also think you would be fine without getting one even if required for a job as small as the one you describe.

Warning about plaster, it can be VERY difficult to get down. Good luck.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:19 PM
 
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As far as I know, you only need a dumpster permit if you are placing it on the street. I am surprised to hear that you need one if its on your property. But I guess any reason to add a tax is the thought of some local governments. I also do no know any local governments that require a permit to replace existing plaster with sheet rock. But again, I could be wrong. I also think you would be fine without getting one even if required for a job as small as the one you describe.

Warning about plaster, it can be VERY difficult to get down. Good luck.
My guess is that there could be issues regarding the removal of the existing plaster where hidden electrical wires or plumbing may be damaged during demolition. Or asbestos present. Things like that.

I know that when I lived in Peekskill it was illegal to put in a finished basement where none existed before without getting a building permit. My neighbor had that issue come up when they put their house up for sale. Basically all they did was put up sheetrock walls and enclose the ceiling. You'd be surprised at how many seemingly innocuous little projects require a building permit. Of course it all depends on which community one lives in. What's legal in one may not be in another.

My mother ran into the same kind of problems after my father died when trying to sell her home. My father never got a permit for anything.

We never had any issues when we sold our home as I always looked into it before starting any project. Looking back I'm glad I did.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:19 PM
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You're welcome! Better safe than sorry, I know of people who performed work on their homes without getting a building permit when required. In addition to fines they had to tear it all out and start all over again. You may not need a permit for what you want to do, but this way you'll have piece of mind that everything is legal.


That's not usual unless the work was not to code. Most towns around here will only fine if the work was done without a permit but meets code.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:36 PM
 
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My guess is that there could be issues regarding the removal of the existing plaster where hidden electrical wires or plumbing may be damaged during demolition. Or asbestos present. Things like that.

I know that when I lived in Peekskill it was illegal to put in a finished basement where none existed before without getting a building permit. My neighbor had that issue come up when they put their house up for sale. Basically all they did was put up sheetrock walls and enclose the ceiling. You'd be surprised at how many seemingly innocuous little projects require a building permit. Of course it all depends on which community one lives in. What's legal in one may not be in another.

My mother ran into the same kind of problems after my father died when trying to sell her home. My father never got a permit for anything.

We never had any issues when we sold our home as I always looked into it before starting any project. Looking back I'm glad I did.
The basement certainly needs a permit because it is increasing livign space, which is a reason to reassess and increase the real estate tax on the property. Whenever you add living space, a bathroom, a bedroom, increase the septic load ... you need a permit. Again, the might tax dollar guides here.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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If the only thing that you are doing is replacing existing plaster with sheetrock, you usually don't need a permit. City of Rye, for example, does not require a permit for this. However, what happens with these types of projects is that you open a wall and you identify something else that you want or need to do that does require a permit. Then you will have to stop and get a permit for the additional work before you can finish installing the sheetrock.

From City of Rye Building Code:

No permit shall be required for:
(1) Necessary repairs which do not materially affect structural features;
(2) Alterations to existing buildings, provided that the alterations:
(a) Do not materially affect structure features; and
(b) Do not affect firesafety features such as smoke detectors, sprinklers, required fire separations and exits; and
(c) Do not involve the installation or extension of electrical systems; and
(d) Do not include the installation of solid-fuel-burning heating appliances and associated chimneys and flues.
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