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Question DetailsAsked on 9/10/2012

I had to fire my contractor and hire a new one. Can I change the contractors name on my building permit?

City of Minneapolis - building permit was issued under our name, listing a contractor, but contractor never started work. We fired them, and hired a new contractor. Do we have to pay for a whole new permit, or can we ask the City Inspectors Office to change the contractor's name on the current permit if the work isn't changing?

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In our area of Florida, yes you can. Contact your local building department and ask them directly.

Hoping all goes well, from this point on.


Answered 8 years ago by BayAreaAC


Very interesting question. It does seem to me that you should be able to change the name of the contractor. After all, it's the building (your property) for which the permit was issued, not for the benefit of the specific contractor. I hope the City of Minneapolis recognizes this distinction. If not, there's something amiss. You say you paid for the permit. That should be on record.

Answered 8 years ago by Oleron


Yes, and in many jurisdictions it is required to notify the Building Department of changes like that. In our area it is nothing more than a letter (sometimes a phone call), on some projects a new application is filled out. I don't think we've ever been charged anything for updating / changing (we have had cases where the sub-contractor is TBD (to be determined) for example).

In the future, as we recommend to all of our clients, have the contractors pull their own permits. They are responsible for meeting the Code requirements and inspections, so having the home owner pull the permit takes some of that responsibilty off the contractor - the Code Official speaks to the permit holder on the issues and expects the permit holder to correct any found issues.

Best of luck on your project.

Answered 8 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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