Do You Need A Permit For Foundation Repair?

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Researching foundation repair can quickly become an obsession. During your research, you may have come across foundation repair permits. 

Do you need one? And why? How do you get a foundation repair permit? And who takes care of it? We answer all of this and more in this blog post. 

Are foundation repair permits required?

It depends on where you live. Pulling a permit is required in certain regions because the city wants to keep a record of all modifications made to a property. This requirement is in place to guarantee that all improvements comply with safety codes and regulations for the benefit of residents.  

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Additionally, home improvement projects, including foundation repairs, can impact the value of your property. Therefore, having a clear record of when the repairs were carried out, what was done, and proof of proper inspection is crucial for record-keeping purposes.

In the Des Moines area, a permit is required for any foundation repair work involving piers.

How long does pulling a permit take?

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It varies based on your county of residence and the project at hand. Some projects may require extra materials or a report from a structural engineer. As a result, the time frame for obtaining a permit can range anywhere from a single day to several months, depending on the permit process of your city. 

The Midwest Way

We know how stressful it can be to deal with foundation issues. That's why we work with the city and submit the permit. We also work on arranging an inspection with an engineer. It's our way of helping and reducing the stressful process for you. 

Feeling better about foundation repair? Give us a call or fill out our online form to get scheduled for a free inspection. 


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Our Locations:

Midwest Foundation Repair
9850 Douglas Ave Suite 100
Urbandale, IA 50322