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How to Obtain the Proper Permits for Your Renovation

The home renovation business is booming. In fact, a 2019 study “estimated that total U.S. home improvement expenditure amounted to about 394 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.” Any renovation project, whether residential or commercial, is a big undertaking that involves a lot of planning. This guide will help you understand the process of how to obtain the proper permits for your renovation so you can get the ball rolling and achieve your dream remodel.

Types of building permits

Almost all buildings fall into one of two subtypes: commercial or residential. While the general rules and regulations governing each of these construction projects may seem relatively similar, there are a few key differences, as outlined below.

Residential

Residential refers to any buildings intended as homes. This includes condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, and single-family homes. Plus, since the size of residential buildings is typically smaller than that of commercial buildings, the scope and complexity of residential construction projects are often less. Residential construction projects do require building and zoning permits for specific renovations. However, in general, the extent of these permits is significantly less than that of commercial construction projects.

Commercial

Commercial buildings, on the other hand, can come in many different shapes and sizes, and companies in various industries utilize them. Commercial buildings can include retail spaces, storage facilities, office or industrial buildings, and large-scale multi-family housing, such as apartment complexes. These buildings typically require more permits than residential buildings, as they must comply with different safety standards and business regulations. In addition to complying with general regulations regarding building materials and construction techniques, commercial construction projects must also comply with specific regulations regarding plumbing and electrical systems. Depending on the use of the building, some commercial construction projects must also comply with specific codes relating to parking lots, elevators, and IT concerns. Handicap accessibility is also a consideration for commercial buildings. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that “all new facilities built by public accommodations, including small businesses, must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.”

Process of obtaining a building permit

Required building permits will vary between construction projects; larger-scale commercial projects may require multiple permits. Additionally, the process of obtaining a permit and the requirements and codes needed for each construction project will vary between states, even cities. When planning a construction project, be sure to first check with your county and city for how to obtain the proper permits for your renovations. Though each city does things differently, below is a general outline of the steps you will need to take to obtain a building permit.

1. Create an action plan

Before you can begin the application process for obtaining a construction permit, you must first create a detailed action plan for your renovations. This action plan will help you visualize your renovation project and will be quite beneficial when it comes time to fill out the official permit application. Creating a detailed action plan is important because it will help you determine which permits are necessary to properly complete your renovation. Not all renovation projects require a construction permit. While permit requirements will vary depending on your location, typically, only construction projects in which you’re drastically altering the building’s structure will require a building permit. Such projects may include:

Smaller renovations, such as installing cabinetry, replacing the flooring, or building a fence will likely not require the use of a construction permit. For these reasons, it is crucial to begin your renovation process with a detailed action plan, as the scope of your work will greatly influence the permits needed.

2. Arrange a pre-application meeting

After you’ve completed your action plan you should schedule a meeting with a local code official. During this informal meeting, the code official can look over your plans and take a quick glance around your renovation space to ensure you will complete things up to code. At this time, the code official may also be able to offer additional advice and suggestions for your renovation to further ensure the safety of the project. If you’re still unsure whether your project requires a permit, and which additional permits may be necessary, the code official can help with this as well. For instance, some communities require additional permits to place a dumpster on a property. Permit requirements for dumpsters often differ depending on the location of the dumpster and may even vary depending on dumpster size. Larger dumpsters often used in commercial renovations may require additional permits, while those used in smaller renovations, such as a 15 cubic yard dumpster, may not require any additional permits. Since these requirements frequently differ between communities and projects, conferring with a local code official will ensure that your project meets all requirements.

3. Submit your application

Once a local code official has approved your action plan, you can begin the permit application process. You can generally find forms and applications for permits on your city government’s website, as well as further information regarding types of permits needed for different renovation projects. Many permit forms require applicants to complete a section detailing the work and the anticipated cost of construction, which is why it is so important to create a detailed action plan. The city may also require you to provide the names and contact information for any contractors that may be working on your renovation. If you are planning to complete the renovation without the help of contractors, consider consulting with your local code official. They will help you best fill out these sections of the permit application. Additionally, many permit forms include an application fee, which you should take into consideration when outlining the budget for your renovation.

4. Await permit review

As we’ve stated, the process of obtaining a building permit will vary from city to city. As such, the time it takes for the city to review and issue your permit will also vary. The scope of your renovation project can greatly influence the time it takes for the city to review and issue your building permit. For smaller residential projects, the city may only need a few days to process your application. For more extensive commercial projects or projects requiring multiple permits, the application review may take several weeks. In certain states, it may even take as long as 30 days for the city to review your application. Taking this reviewal process into consideration when planning your renovation will help you create a more precise timeline and ensure that your project stays on track. Once you have received your approved building permit, it’s time to get to work—keeping in mind your budget and design plans.

5. Schedule a final inspection

As your renovations draw to a close, be sure to schedule a final inspection with a local code official. These professionals will conduct a thorough inspection of your renovations to ensure everything is up to par and code compliant. This final step is particularly important for commercial projects, as a non-compliant building can spell serious trouble for a business. Conferring with code officials is also incredibly important for individuals completing a renovation without the assistance of contractors. It’s always better to be safe than sorry—a thorough inspection by a local code official will ensure you completed your renovation as safely as possible.

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Dumpster Specifications

What size dumpsters does Vine Disposal carry?

Will my dumpster have a door that swings open?

Yes, all our dumpsters have a hinged back door that will swing open.

What are the dumpster dimensions?

Please see our dumpster size guide.

What are does Vine Disposal service?

Metro Atlanta Area. Service Area On The Map.

Pricing

What’s the prices to rent a dumpster from Vine Disposal?

The 10 yards are priced at $305.00
The 15 yards are priced at $305.00
The 20 yards are priced at $350.00
The 30 yards are priced at $398.00
The 40 yards are priced at $500.00 .

Does Vine Disposal dumpsters have a weight limit?

DOT regulations limit the weight of any roll off dumpster to approximately 10 tons (20,000lbs).
10 yard price covers 4000 lbs.
15 yard price covers 6000 lbs.
20 yard price covers 8000 lbs.
30 yard price covers 10000 lbs.
40 yard price covers 12000 lbs.

If the dumpster is more than the covered weight limit is there a fee?

Yes, there is a $35.00 fee for every 1000 lbs that exceeds the covered amount.

Are mattresses allowed in Vine Disposal dumpsters?

Yes, Vine Disposal charges $20 per mattress.

Ordering / Scheduling Dumpster Rental

What are my payment options?

We accept all major credit / debit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover). Credit card payment can be made online or over the phone.

Is same day delivery available?

Same day delivery are based upon location and availability. Please call 678-315-2193.

How far in advance do I need to order a dumpster rental?

We recommend ordering at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we have a dumpster available. Please note there is no guaranteed delivery time, so if a roll off dumpster is needed first thing in the morning, delivery should be scheduled for the day prior.

Once You’ve Ordered Your Dumpster Rental

What type of materials can I put in a Vine Disposal dumpster?

Anything that is not hazardous to the environment.

What if my dumpster is full and I need another dumpster?

Please call us at 678-315-2193 or online if you need your dumpster emptied and returned to you (SWAP). There will be repeat charge equal to the amount paid for your previous dumpster.

How long may I keep the roll off dumpster?

Our standard included rental period is 10 days. Extended rental fees will apply when keeping your dumpster longer than the included rental period ($16/day).

Do I need to schedule removal of my dumpster?

Yes, you need to let us know when to remove the dumpster. We do not automatically remove the dumpster at the end of the included rental period. You can schedule removal online or via telephone 678-315-2193.

What if I need to keep my roll off dumpster longer or have it removed sooner?

If you want to modify the date your roll off dumpster rental is picked up, please call 678-315-2193 or contact with us online.

Materials – Weight, Extra Costs and Prohibited Items

How is the weight of my debris determined?

The truck drives onto a scale at the disposal facility where an initial weight is recorded (gross weight). The truck then empties the contents of the dumpster. Next, the truck drives onto a second scale that records the weight of the truck and the empty dumpster (tare weight). The difference between the first and second weights (gross – tare) is the weight of the debris in the dumpster. The scales are regulated by state bureaus of weights and measures.

What materials may incur extra costs?

$20/pc - mattresses.
$15.00/pc - non-commercial tires, no more than 10 per dumpster.
$150.00/pc - commercial tires, no more than 2 per dumpster.

What materials are prohibited?

Hazardous waste, dirt, industrial waste, chemical products, oil filters, herbicides, pesticides, radioactive material, solvents, paint (except completely dried latex paint cans, no liquids), other flammable liquids, aerosol cans, propane tanks, motor oil, transmission oil, lubricating/hydraulic oil, oil filters, contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.), antifreeze, appliances, petroleum contaminated soil/lead paint chips, tires, batteries, computers, monitors, televisions, microwaves, fluorescent tubes, railroad ties, medical waste, asbestos, animals, barrels, all liquids.
Nothing can be sticking out of the top of the roll off dumpster.

Property Considerations

Will the dumpster cause driveway damage?

Although driveway damage is unlikely, please be aware of the possibility of damage caused by the weight of the dumpster and the contents placed in the dumpster.
Prevent Scratching & Cracks
We recommend that you place 4′ x 8′ sheets or 2″ x 4″ plywood on your driveway where the dumpster will be placed. The wood will prevent the dumpster from scratching or cracking the driveway. Please take the proper precautions to protect your driveway!

Do I need a permit to place a dumpster on my property?

Dumpster permits are typically only required when placing a dumpster on public property such as a street, easement, or sidewalk.
Please contact your local township office or public works department to determine exact permit requirements for your specific situation. Permit requirements can vary within the same town based on placement specifics!

How large of a space do I need for delivery of the roll off dumpster?

It is recommended to allow 4’ of clearance on all sides of the dumpster to assure adequate clearance. Please refer to our Dumpster Selection Guide for dumpster dimensions.

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