When Do Landscape Architects Need A Building Permit?


In general, any time you disturb 2500 square feet of soil or change the grade more than 24 inches (either taking away or adding), you must apply for a permit. The precise rules may vary based on your county or state, but this is a basic rule of thumb.


Structural changes: When you make any kind of structural changes to your property, the contractor will need to obtain a permit. This may include changes to the load-bearing walls, balconies, decks, porches, roofs, or foundation flooring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between permit drawings and construction drawings?

Full construction drawings and documentation take longer to complete than the permit drawings. They contain all the information included in the permit set of drawings along with full specifications, detailed elevations, floor layouts, millwork details, trim packages, lighting and much more.

Do landscape architects work alone?

They work closely with clients, experts, and office staff but also work alone developing plans. Communicate by telephone, in person, letters, and e-mails on a daily basis. Are responsible for the results of work done by others.

What can a landscape architect stamp?

What kind of plans can a landscape architect stamp?...Such plans may include the following:

  • Master plans for land use and development.
  • Production of overall site plans.
  • Landscape grading and drainage plans.
  • Irrigation plans.
  • Planting plans.
  • Construction details.

When do you need a building permit for a building?

A building permit is only required for building work. The Act defines building work as work for or in connection with the construction, demolition or removal of a building.

When do you need a permit for a roof modification?

A permit is required for electrical modifications, plumbing work (even replacing that rusty old water heater), window modifications that enlarge openings and for mechanical system installations. You will always need a permit if you are modifying the roof line of your home.

When do you need planning permission for a development?

Planning permission is only needed if the work being carried out meets the statutory definition of ‘development’ which is set out in section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. ‘Development’ includes: building operations (eg structural alterations, construction, rebuilding, most demolition); engineering operations (eg groundworks);

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