When getting your dream house built into reality, it’s conventional to indulge your creativity and imagination when planning its architecture or renovations and further additions. As you proceed with evaluating and selecting various professionals, including the architects, contractors, and other crucial decisions, possibilities seem exciting and endless. However, you should always stay in touch with reality to achieve the best outcome. Therefore, prior to beginning your home-building project, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with construction-related laws.

We list below five of such construction laws you must familiarize yourself with before starting construction. 

Lot approval

It is essential to understand that land ownership doesn’t give you the authority to do anything with it. Furthermore, you should remember that laws change over time, and therefore, the presence of an existing structure doesn’t confirm its legitimacy. Hence, an ideal way to know about your property details is by accessing your property records with the assistance of an expert. Alsom in the parcel map, look for your APN (assessor’s parcel number) to ensure that your parcel is sanctioned as a building site before you begin the building process.

Zoning

Zoning laws enfold how the particular property can be put to use and what type of building is permitted on the land. You should consult with your attorney and talk to your local zoning office or a local planning board to obtain the details associated with zoning. This helps ensure that there are no such restrictions or regulations on your property and allows you to build freely in your desired spot. However, remember that such zoning rights are different from a building permit. 

Ordinances and covenants

Every single rule or regulation can interfere with your building project. Therefore, you should always make sure that your proposed construction stands in compliance with local ordinances and covenants. This is because the local law may not necessarily allow you to build the structure in your desired size/ height, regardless of your zoning approval. Thus, you should consider finding your HOA contact information and ensure that your building standards comply with the neighborhood covenants. 

Building codes

Like zone determines rules regarding land usage, building codes cover matters related to the physical structures on the land and its details. Such standards are discussed under the International Building Code (IBC) which sometimes also include the International Plumbing Code and the National Electric Code. Typically, your project’s contractor, builder, or engineer should ensure that all your potential building aspects match the requirements of the law. You can also consider contacting your reliable real estate attorney to assist you in gaining in-depth insights into the matter. 

Permits and plans

Prior to starting your building project, you must take all the required building permits to build or remodel your house. This includes the elevation view, blueprint of the structure, its measurements, floor plans, and the details of material used for the exterior. Furthermore, the person obtaining such permits is considered responsible and liable for all construction-related matters. Therefore, consider contacting a well-experienced lawyer to safeguard your best interests. 

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