05:02AM | 10/23/03
Member Since: 10/22/03
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I am about to start removing the horsehair plaster in 2 rooms and a hallway in my house in order to insulate the walls and hang drywall. I am pretty sure that the current frame boards under the plaster are not to code as far as distance apart, so this may require that I add boards to make up for the space. Do I need to pull a permit for this?


09:44AM | 10/23/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
Depends on which Massachusetts town you live in. You'll have to check with your local building department or inspector. In some towns, that would be deemed a simple repair not warranting a permit. A town like the one I live in may require they seem to require a permit for everything else having to do with renovations....

...hmmm...haven't checked yet, but wonder if I should check to see if leaf raking requires one...

...oh, town can be really anal about these things.

Mark Hammond

05:46AM | 10/30/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Treebeard is correct. Most towns have some rules on what is considered permit-able. Aside from safety the reason for permits is to make sure you are getting taxed properly, so when they know everything about your home including new walls etc. the value increases and so do the inevitable taxes. The safety issue can be an important one as well for if the work is done without a permit and is sub-standard then the insurance payoff can be in question.....MJH
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