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).]