Architecture/Fixer Upper


I I live in Philadelphia, PA. but my Contractor lives in Doylestown, PA. can he do work on my House without getting a License or Permit?

Even if the Work is very Big Jobs like Pluming and Ripping out Walls and Big thijngs like this?

Hi Robert,

You should call the local building department to verify the requirements in your area. They are different in every area so there is no standard. Typically for remodeling, a building permit is required, and then each trade (electrical, plumbing, HVAC for example) would also require permits. Sometimes local business licenses are required.  

Hope this helps.



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