Frequently Asked Questions: Permits

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Are Permits Required For A Bathroom Remodel?

As a matter of compliance, Bath Source will obtain any required permits before starting your bathroom remodel, and also work with local utilities, as required.

Permit requirements for a bathroom remodel vary depending on your location and the extent of the renovation. In Virginia and North Carolina, building codes and permit regulations are typically enforced at the local level, so it’s essential to check with your local building department or city planning office to understand the specific requirements for your area. Here are some general guidelines:

Minor Cosmetic Changes: If your bathroom remodel involves minor cosmetic changes such as painting, replacing fixtures (e.g., faucets, toilets), or installing new tile flooring, a permit is not required in most cases. These are often considered cosmetic upgrades that don’t significantly alter the structure of the bathroom.

Structural Changes: If your remodel involves structural changes, such as moving walls, relocating plumbing or electrical systems, or expanding the bathroom’s footprint, you will likely need permits. Structural changes may affect the safety and compliance of the space, so permits are required to ensure the work is done correctly.

Electrical and Plumbing Work: Any electrical or plumbing work typically requires permits and inspections to ensure that it complies with building codes and safety standards. This includes adding new electrical outlets, rewiring, or relocating plumbing fixtures.

Accessibility Modifications: If you are making modifications to improve accessibility, such as installing grab bars, ramps, or a roll-in shower for individuals with disabilities, permits may be required to ensure compliance with accessibility standards.

Ventilation and Exhaust: If you will be installing or modifying ventilation systems or exhaust fans, permits may be necessary to ensure proper ventilation and compliance with building codes.

Permit Costs: Keep in mind that obtaining permits may involve fees, which can vary depending on your location and the scope of the project.

If you are doing a remodel on your own, it is important to check with your local building department early in the planning process to determine the specific permit requirements for your bathroom remodel. Failing to obtain necessary permits when required can result in legal and safety issues, including fines and problems during home inspections or when selling the property. Always consult with local authorities and consider hiring a licensed contractor, such as Bath Source, who is familiar and experienced with local regulations to ensure compliance with building codes and permit requirements.

To get more details, including an accurate estimate for your specific bathroom remodel, give Bath Source a call at (757) 606-1040. Our factory trained design consultants can help you find the bathroom model that meets your needs and fits your budget. We are locally owned and operated, have been in business since 1993 and, in addition to our 5-star reviews on Google, we have had an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Hampton Roads since 1997.

Bath Source Advantages

  • Our products are 100% American made and carry a lifetime warranty.
  • Our Luxury Bath products are protected with Microban®, designed to inhibit the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
  • Our acrylic is the heaviest gauge in North America, more impact and chemical resistant, and less porous than all others, making it the most durable and easy to clean surface for your bath enclosure.
  • Each tub or shower is manufactured for your specific bathroom and professionally installed quickly, at a fraction of the cost of a full bath remodel.
  • All of our employees, whether they enter your home or talk to you on the phone, have passed a background check and a drug test.
  • We offer the finest color matched silicone sealant in the industry that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew and fully cures overnight for next day use.
  • The exclusive SuperTach adhesive guarantees that your acrylic walls will be anchored in place for the lifetime of your home.

Easy, Five-Step Bath Remodel Process

From our initial meeting to the final quality inspection of your new bath space before we walk out the door, Bath Source is here to help you.


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Our Reviews

Nicole Mack
Nicole Mack
Brandon and Brayden did such an AMAZING JOB! Absolutely love my bathroom!
Donald Albee
Donald Albee
Attention to detail on all aspects of the job and experience with Bath Source. Chad George, Doug Cook and the entire crew was very professional and respectful during the entire process from start to finish!!! Thanks Bath Source!!!!
Helena Carvajal
Helena Carvajal
Great experience with Bath Source!
Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor
They are the whole package. A very special thank you to Patrick and Stephon
Daryl Woodmore
Daryl Woodmore
We would like to thank Ryan and Doug of Bath Source. They were very professional, knowledgeable, , informative.and respectful. They did an outstanding job and we are more than satisfied, very satisfied with the final product. Thanks so very much Bath Source!!
Albert Dagraca
Albert Dagraca
Doug, Jeremiah, and Ryan are outstanding hallway and Master bath installers. These guys go above and beyond. Very skillful in their craft; We strongly recommend for any bath and shower projects the name you can trust, BATH SOURCE!
Dayra Christie
Dayra Christie
The whole team was awesome! Chad went above and beyond to help us get what we needed. The installers were on time and very professional. If they saw something, they notified me before moving forward. Great job.
Jennifer Hewitt
Jennifer Hewitt
Awesome company

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