Building Permit - STX
Where does one go to get a building permit for insurance repairs that I'm doing them myself?
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
We submitted our permit applications in person at a DPNR office on Centerline just east of Frederiksted. They required drawn plans that are stamped by an engineer or architect. So far, we have attained a construction/earth move permit and an electrical permit. You have to renew your permit if your work takes longer than a specific time period (maybe a year??) but I don't think they charge for this. We've changed our plans once, too, without additional charge.
And, yes, DPNR allowed us to pull our own permits as homeowners.
You probably won't need permits unless you're upgrading electrical service or septic - as long as you're within the original house footprint and under the same roof as prior to the renovations.
We've pretty much rebuilt our house with modern systems and materials.
Permitting, plans and inspections are not bad things when you want to make sure it's done right.
Thank you so much for your message. I really didn't think I needed permits but was second guessing myself as I prepare to submit receipts to the bank for reimbursement. I have a friend who is a currently licensed general contractor in Florida who is assisting me as my casual labor in return for staying in my apartment and a reasonable hourly wage. The bank doesn't seem to mind that I'm doing the work this way.
Generally, as long as you are not making any structural or mechanical repairs/upgrades you don't need a permit. They have a permit for hurricane damage repair that is a bit different and you can get that as long as you aren't changing the footprint of the original structure. You still need stamped plans for it, but the process is just a bit different.