11:26PM | 09/02/01
Member Since: 09/02/01
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Hello...this is my first time posting to this looks like a great one.

My wife and I have recently purchased a house and before we move in we are going to redo the bathroom. We are both pretty handy and can do a good portion of the work ourselves, but due to time we are farming the most crucial work out.

My question is this: Do we actually need to get a permit for a bathroom remodel? There are parts of the remodel we are having permitted; plumbing, and wiring. We are not moving the fixtures, only replacing them(bath, toilet, and lav.), but I will have to rebuild an endwall for the tub. The current wall is only 24" high (don't ask me why) and I want to take it to the ceiling for both aesthetic reasons and so that I can move the water supply lines and fixtures from an exterior wall to an interior one. I am moving them so that I can install a trap and shut-off access on the other side of the new/rebuilt wall and insulate the exterior wall (the house is a 1912 Bungalow). Do I need to get a framing permit for this small amount of work or any sort of permitting for the drywall/concrete tile backer? What about inspections? Total bill at the moment is about $4000 for everything...does that make a difference? Most of that is in labor cost and new fixtures.

I know local codes very, so any one with specific knowledge about Portland, Oregon would be very helpful, but so would any general knowledge/experience.


[This message has been edited by antitrader (edited September 03, 2001).]


02:58PM | 09/04/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
You may not get any response to your question here so I would suggest you call or visit the local municipal building or city hall to find out what the local regulations are.The side benefit to this is that you may find a contact person there who can answer future questions for you.
When my wife and I purchased our home,I spent some time with the local building inspector and got basic guidelines as to what I could and couldn't do without his involvement,what work required permits,and most important,what restrictions there were on putting an addition on the property or otherwise altering existing conditions.

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