Registered Professional Interior Renovations Are a Requirement

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on January 30, 2014

Are they really? Just about anyone can use a hammer and nail, so what’s the big deal? We’re talking about a home here, regulations and state code. So I’ll put it plainly – if you don’t employ the experience of a licensed contractor, you may be playing with fire. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this specific case between the Careys and the city of Hastings. It’s a cautionary tale about how you need to always ensure that not only you know what you’re doing renovation wise, but Bob Builderthat you’re following the law.

The Careys thought they were good to go when they applied for a building permit regarding interior renovation for their own apartment building up until the municipal building inspector denied the application. Why is that? Simply put, the construction documents in question weren’t actually prepared by a “registered design professional.” Without that building permit, there’s no go for renovation, or else they face some legal consequences.

However, the Careys challenged the system anyway. They appealed the denial of the application, taking it to an appellate court. Arguments ensued, and it was a good legal tussle to some degree, but at the very end of it all, the appeal was denied. Still, the case was evaluated a second time, and this time the Careys won with the district court overruling the decision of the appellate court. The city of Hastings, though, weren’t going down without a fight as they approached the highest court possible: the Supreme Court.

And, yet again, this is why it’s crucial to have the qualifications on paper when doing renovations – the Supreme Court reversed the district court’s decision to overrule the appellate court. Lo and behold, the Careys couldn’t have their builder’s permit, at least not until their construction documents were essentially certified by a registered professional.

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