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No, you do not have to hire a contractor. Many homeowners do their own minor residential upgrades. However, if you do, please make sure your contractor has a City of Coalinga business license in addition to a State Contractor’s license. A final inspection cannot be scheduled until your contractor and all the sub-contractors used for your project have obtained a business license from the City. All commercial projects and HVAC work requires the use of a licensed contractor.
The following examples of work may not require a soil Investigation report:
A permit is required for:
The California Building Code requires a Building Permit for new construction, remodeling and tenant improvements for both commercial and residential projects; a mechanical permits for installation or replacement of mechanical equipment, such as furnaces, air conditioning units, hoods, boilers, etc.; an electrical permits for electrical equipment and electrical installations associated with other equipment, such as:
A plumbing permits for installation or replacement of plumbing fixtures such as sewer, water and gas lines, water heaters, sinks, water closets, etc.
If you are found performing construction work without the benefit of a building permit, a Building Inspector may stop the work in progress. Work cannot continue until a proper permit has been obtained. In these cases, permit fees are doubled. Work done without the benefit of inspections can pose a health and safety hazard and potentially make it harder to sell your home.
Contact the California Contractors State License Board at 800-321-CSLB for information. You can also find information by visiting the California Contractors State License Board website.
Plan review generally takes 10 business days for a 1st submittal and 5 business days for resubmittals.
Permit costs are based on the valuation of the work. The minimum cost for a permit is $5,419, which includes 1 inspection. The Building and Safety Division has fee schedules available for re-roofs, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work.
A roof repair is 15% of the total roof area or less and does not require a permit. Any repair greater than 15% of the roof area requires a permit.
If your home has central heating and air and has 40 feet of ducts in the attic, then it must comply with the cool roof requirements. There are several way to accomplish this: