If you’re planning on installing new replacement windows, it’s important to check your local building codes. You might need a building permit depending on the extent of the work involved.
Here are some tips for applying for a permit:
When a Permit Is and Isn’t Needed
You don’t need to apply for a permit if you’re only replacing window sashes or some of the window’s movable parts. Permits are not needed for minor modifications because the contractor doesn’t need to alter the structure of your home to insert a few parts into the frame. However, you’ll need to apply for a permit if you’re installing a large window. That’s because contractors need to cut a larger hole and make a few structural alterations to your walls to install the new window.
General Requirements for Window Installations
Here are some of the general requirements for window installations:
- Safety glazing – Windows near doors, the floor, or in tubs or showers are required to have safety glazing. This is to protect occupants from shards in case there’s a natural disaster.
- Egress requirements – Egress means entry and exit. Your new windows should be large enough to serve as an exit point in an emergency.
What Happens if You Fail to Apply for a Permit?
Without a permit, there’s no guarantee your new windows will be code-compliant. And if your home isn’t fully compliant with the local building codes, you’ll have trouble finding a prospective buyer if you decide to put it up for sale on the property market.
Important note: The requirements for window installations vary depending on your area. That’s why it’s best to consult local window contractors. Since they’re familiar with local building codes, they can make better recommendations.
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Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle offers a wide variety of doors and windows, including replacement patio doors. To schedule a free in-home or virtual consultation, call us at (206) 777-0954 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Seattle and Bellevue, WA, as well as the surrounding communities.