7 On Your Side: Construction permits - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

7 On Your Side: Construction permits

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:50:06 GMT
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
  • McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:46:31 GMT
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
  • Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:59:20 GMT
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
Do you need a permit to renovate your house? What happens if you don't get one? KPLC's Theresa Schmidt looks at how to determine the answers to these questions.

Homeowner Mark Stauffer has been living in the same house for 35 years, and he has decided it's time to make some updates.

"We're removing an inside wall to make a more open space and actually moving the kitchen to the opposite (side) of the room, making it an open kitchen with an island," Stauffer said.

"There is electrical, plumbing and structural work being done, and all those require permits," Stauffer added.

Although laws vary depending on where you live, most require that you not build, move, significantly alter or add to a building without a permit.

"It actually provides you important protection. For example, in some scenarios, a contractor must be licensed in order to get the permit, so it adds an extra layer of protection for you," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

The permit for smaller projects can be about $100 or less, while permits for larger projects can cost $900 or more.

If you skip the permit process to save a buck, Hicks warns that it could cost you in the long run.

"If you skip pulling a permit you might end up paying fines. It could stop the work being done. They may make you redo it. In some scenarios, when it comes down to electrical work and the electrical work causes a fire, your homeowner's insurance may not cover it," Hicks said.

Hicks also said that if your contractor asks you to pull your own permits, it could be a red flag indicating that the contractor isn't insured or doesn't have the required license.

To see if your home improvement project requires a permit, check with your local building department.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow