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Do you need to a license to build your own home?

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Melody’s Answer

One component several folks are not mentioning is your financing - it is very common for the loan backer (bank financing the construction) to have their own requirements and most banks do require that the GC be licensed, but not all banks have this requirement.

ETA: Some of the answers provided are simply guessing and not providing information based on facts.

Where you are building is going to dictate what is required.

However if you were 100% funding your own build, there are many places across the US that do NOT require any type of license, inspection, drawing, etc., and yes, it is as concerning as it sounds.

My husband and I, both with a construction background, built our home 100% in a rural area, which required zero oversite. No inspectors. Fortunately, we had both worked in the industry for 40+ years combined and we were very confident in the final product, having only recently sold it and the buyer paying for inspections, and the home passing with flying colors.

The go-to answer with so many construction questions is always "it depends" as there are a million factors to take into consideration before being able to provide a solid answer.
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Scott’s Answer

As others have stated, it depends on where you live. Where I live, you can build a home as an owner builder and not have a General Contractor oversee it. There are many risks to doing this if you are not experienced in all of the different trades involved with building a home, but as an owner builder you can have hire subcontractors handle these items.
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Sara’s Answer

Depends on where you live. Most municipalities will only grant building permits for new home construction to licensed general contractors.

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Kim’s Answer

There are lots of things to consider in building a home: storm water drainage, roof, mold, ability to withstand winds and fire, etc. It takes a lot of knowledge. Even if you thought you could build a good home, say, based on internet research, I can almost guarantee you that the electric company will refuse to hook up power to your house unless you had certain levels of approval from code compliance, etc. The same for water and sewer. As appealing as it is to think about totally escaping government regulation and all the bureaucracy, it's not easy to do, and, as much as I hate to admit it, those policies serve a purpose.


(This does not address those code compliance personnel who take money for the permits but never really do the inspections!)

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Devetra,

There are some things that you can do on your own, but certain aspects require a license.

Thanks,
Blake
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Cindi Corr’s Answer

I agree with the earlier comment. You can google/contact your town (or city or county) and building permits (for example 'Philadelphia building permits') to get more information on the specific requirements.

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Deborah’s Answer

You need a licensed professional (i.e. architect, engineer...) to submit the drawings for permit to the local City Council. The project will be reviewed and approved if it is respecting local code requirements.
After approval, you need a licensed contractor to proceed with the construction.


If you decide to proceed with a prefab home, the company supplying the house will run the signed and seal submittal for you to the local authorities.

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