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Are you a contractor who wants to open a business in Provo, Utah? Learn about getting building permits first. Contractors doing residential and commercial work need to know all about permit applications.
Here is the kind of work you need a permit for in Provo, Utah:
For commercial projects, that means work like:
For residential projects, that means work like:
Sometimes, you can do small projects without a permit. Take, for example, a residential shed. If you’re building a shed for a client that is smaller than 200 square feet, you don’t need a permit. You do have to, keep in mind where it sits on the property. So, the shed has to be a certain distance from the house and the property line.
On the other hand, if that shed is bigger than 200 square feet, you need a permit.
You need to send your permit application, and your project plans to the Community Development Department. Your application will have lots of extra papers with it. Using the same shed as an example, you’ll need:
If your project is bigger than 3,000 square feet, a Utah state-licensed architect needs to draw the plans. For single-family homes or garages, anyone can draw the plans. However, the plans need to be to scale and correct. Getting an expert to draft the plans is always the best idea.
To work as a contractor in Provo, you need a Utah contractor’s license and liability coverage. Provo doesn’t ask for any extra licensing.
However, if you are going to open up a contracting business, you need a business license. Those licenses begin Jan. 1 and expire Dec. 31. You will have to renew it every year.
The soil in Provo is mostly clay. This means it can shrink when it’s dry or expand greatly when wet. These extreme changes mean you need to plan your building projects right. Rent your manlifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and forklifts from BigRentz to make sure you have everything you need.
Being familiar with how to get a permit will make your job much easier. Though homeowners can do some work themselves, a competent contractor is always in demand.