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What Permits And Regulations Are Required For Barn Demolition?

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Are you planning to get rid of that barn that seems to have deteriorated beyond repair? A barn demolition may seem like a simple task, but that’s hardly true. Before you can grab a sledgehammer and get to work, you need several permits and regulations so as not to raise any legal objections. 

We understand that getting these regulations may seem like an overwhelming task, but we’re here to break down the details for you. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Understanding Demolition Permits

The first step to demolishing your barn is getting a permit. A demolition permit is essentially a legal document that allows you to take down your barn. Regardless of whether or not your barn was built with a permit, you still need a demolition permit. 

However, this mustn’t come as a surprise. Practically any structure or building requires a legal permit to be taken down, and a barn is no different. 

Also Read: Essential Precautions to Consider Before a Residential Demolition

When is a Permit Required? 

Whether you’re getting some renovation done or taking it down entirely, here’s when you’ll need a permit: 

  • Your barn is being removed from the lot
  • Your barn contains hazardous materials or utility systems that need to be relocated or torn down.
  • A special permit may be required if your barn has 4 or fewer units; for example, an erosion control inspection. 

How to Obtain a Demolition Permit 

This may seem like a daunting task, but here are a few simple steps you need to follow:

1. Fill Out the Permit Application 

The first step to a barn demolition is filling out the permit application. These forms may vary from state to state. 

2. Submit the Grading Plan

A grading plan is simply a document that lays out the plan construction workers will follow. This may include additional details such as the property address, a brief description of the current landscape and what erosion control measures are to be taken. 

3. Get a Plumbing Permit 

If your demolition involves any sort of plumbing, you’ll require a plumbing permit before you can go ahead with the demolition. 

4. Pay a Demolition Escrow Bond

Some states may require you to pay a certain sum, which is refundable, to ensure the process is carried out safely. 

Additional Permit Requirements 

Delay Ordinances 

Some states may require a demolition delay ordinance. This delay allows you to send out notices to the relevant authorities and, in some instances, place relevant signs before the demolition is carried out. 

Site Control Measures

  • Lead paint certification
  • Dust management
  • Plans for containing and covering the demolition site 

Soil Compaction

Demolishing your barn may seem complete once the structure is torn down. However, the site must be restored to a suitable state such that new construction can be carried out. This involves soil compaction. 

Demolition Vs. Major Alteration: What’s the Difference? 

It’s common practice to often confuse demolition and major alteration, however, it’s important to know the difference between the two. A demolition involves removing all 4 exterior walls, whereas a major alteration involves removing only 50 % of it. If you’re starting a project as a major alteration and later decide to carry out a complete demolition, you’ll need to stop. You can resume once you have all the legal permits. 

When You Don’t Need a Permit 

Here’s when you may not require a permit: 

  • You’re removing a small shed or an accessory structure
  • You’re removing decks or porches with the intent of reconstructing
  • You’re carrying out an interior demolition with the intent of renovation 

Compliance for A Smooth Process

Before starting a barn demolition, you’ll need to obtain all the relevant permits and adhere to regulations to ensure you have a smooth project. After all, the last thing you need is the added stress of legal objections. 

Here’s a quick recap of everything we’ve covered so far:

  • Demolition Permit: Required for primary and accessory structures
  • Grading Plan: Often necessary and must be reviewed and approved
  • Plumbing Permit: Needed for projects involving plumbing work
  • Demolition Escrow Bond: This may be required for a safe completion
  • Utilities and Soil Compaction: Ensure the site is ready for new construction

If you wish to take down your barn, reach out to Delta Demolition Contractors for professional help. We help you manage all the necessary permits and regulations for a hassle-free experience from start to finish. Give us a call today!

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