Getting ready to do some home renovations? At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we’re committed to doing everything we can to help homeowners plan, and execute, successful home improvement projects that keep your family safe. That includes helping you gather the information you need to do the job “right” the first time.

If you’re planning to hire a contractor, but plan to do part of the work yourself, you may be wondering which construction projects require permits, and how to find out who is responsible for buying them. Most projects that involve plumbing and electrical work will require permits. The “permit system” ensures planned projects conform to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code requirements, and are intended to protect the public from potential hazards like fire or inadequate egress options. Here’s the info you need to know about installing replacement windows.

Do You Need a Permit for Replacement Windows on Long Island?

Whether you are replacing one existing window, a single patio door or all the windows in your home and outbuildings, you usually don’t need a permit as long as you meet both requirements below:

  • Your new fixtures are installed by a licensed replacement window dealer or certified contractor
  • Your project doesn’t require structural changes or additional construction. For example, you don’t have to enlarge the opening to accommodate the replacement window units or move electric wiring.

If you are hiring an outside contractor to install new windows, before you let them start the project, call the local zoning and planning, or permit office, to verify they have either purchased permits or are eligible to install your new fixtures without applying for a permit. Reputable contractors never take offense when a homeowner asks to see proof they have licensed, insured and have the permit in hand before starting a job.

When you are updating an older home, one built before 1978, you should know that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires contractors to perform a lead test to make sure there is no lead paint on or around the windows – even if they are only going to replace one window. If the lead test comes back positive, only an EPA-CERTIFIED installer is allowed to do the upgrade because they must follow strict protocol for “cleanup and containment.” The homeowners or contractor must purchase a permit if any construction is required.

Another instance where you may need a permit involves updating windows in rooms that don’t offer adequate egress options. Most local neighborhoods have building code requirements based on the International Residential Codes (IRC) that cover window size in all bedrooms. If you are converting an office with small windows into a bedroom, you should discuss egress code restrictions with your replacement window consultant before choosing window styles to be sure any upgrades will allow safe exit during an emergency.

Working with a Reputable Replacement Window Dealer: Eliminating Permit Hassles

As you can see, the number of windows you decide to replace during your home improvement project doesn’t impact whether or not you must buy a permit. Choosing the right dealer (or contractor) often does. When you work with a well-known local replacement window dealer, like Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, you can be certain there won’t be any surprises down the road. We only allow fully-trained, professional technicians to install our replacement windows. And, because we manufacture every window to perfectly fit the hole left by your old windows, you won’t have the hassles that come with extra construction to make them fit.

The test for deciding if you do need a permit for replacement windows and other home improvement projects is whether you are going to make structural changes or not. If you are replacing your existing patio door because you plan to upgrade from a sliding door to a swing-out style that will complement your brand new deck, you may need a permit to build, or enlarge the deck. Replacement Patio Door – no permit needed. Adding a deck or sunroom – permits required.

Can Renewal by Andersen Help You With Your Long Island Replacement Window Upgrades?

Do you need a permit for replacement windows? Probably not, but if you still aren’t sure, simply fill in the short form on this page to request more information. If you want immediate answers, or to schedule a private consultation with a window consultant, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

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