How much it cost to hire an Architect
An Architect is a center piece in home renovation or construction. But the real question one should ask , “Does an Architect is required for the job”. I have found a very informative article at the website which explains what kind of jobs require a permit from the city agencies and what type or category of work does not require any permit. Technically speaking a home renovation only requires an Architect if the work type required a construction permit from the city agencies. Now the million-dollar question is what kind of work qualifies a construction permit. Even though the majority of city agencies follow the same guidelines in terms of if the construction permit is required or not but under certain cases it varies from city to city. So if the homeowner is not sure then he/she should make a phone call to the building department and inquire about it. Aten minute phone call can save the cost of hiring an Architect which can go somewhere from $2500.00 to $4000.00 depending upon where the project is located.
The basic steps which I found from the following site give some brief detail about the permit requirement if your property is located in New York City. Check the website which gives a brief overview of permit requirements in the NYC area.https://www.nycvio.com/buildings-work-permits/
Work Exempt from permit from Building department in Single and Two-family dwellings.
1- Sheds. Temporary portable sheds freestanding and erected on the same zoning lot as and accessory one-or-two family dwelling, provided that all of the following requirements are met:
a)- The shed shall not exceed 120 square feet in area and shall not be more than 7 ft. 6inch in height and it shall not obstruct any required window
b)-The shed shall not be located within 3 feet of any lot line
c)-The shed shall be used for storage of normal household goods, tools, or similar items
d)- There shall not be more than one such shed on any tax lot.
2- Fences. Fences 6 feet or less in height, as measured from the higher of the two adjoining grades, in connection with one – or two-family dwellings.
3- Small Swimming Pools. Outdoor in-ground or above-ground pools accessory to one- or two-family dwellings limited to 400 square feet in area, provided that the distance from the edge of an in-ground pool to any building or lot lines is greater than the depth of the deepest portion of the pool and there is an existing slop sink for the indirect waste or a plumbing permit is obtained for the installation of such sink then no permit is required for a such swimming pool.
4-Playground equipment. Playground equipment installed as an accessory to a one or two-family dwelling does not require any permit.
5-Packaged air-conditioning unit in existing buildings. Packaged air-conditioning unit not exceeding 5 tons rated capacity, installed in an existing building including installation in existing windows or in existing sleeves under windows, and that is not part of an alteration that otherwise requires a permit, does not require any building permit.
Work that may be exempt from permit in all the buildings
1- Retaining Walls: Retaining walls less than 4 feet in height measured from the top of the footing to the top of the wall and the wall does not support a surcharge and does not require a construction permit.
2-Nursery or Agricultural shade cloth structure: Shade clothes structures are solely constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and are not used to store mechanical equipment, plumbing fixtures, and or automobiles does not require any construction permit.
1-Air Conditioning and Ventilating System: Air conditioning and ventilating system installed on a voluntary basis and serving only one floor of a building and meets the following criteria does not require a permit.
a)- Does not use lot line opening for the intake and exhaust of air and mounting of the unit.
b)- It is not installed in a public hallway, passageway, or stairway
c)-Does not reduce the ventilation of the space or room in any way as required by the building code.
d)- Does not penetrate any fire division such as floor, wall, or roof.
2- Packaged Air Conditioning Units not exceeding 3 tons capacity does not require a building permit.
3-Fuel burning and fuel oil storage: Portable fuel-burning equipment that does not require any chimney does not require a building permit.
4-Refrigerating system: Refrigerating systems that use water or air as a refrigerant, 25 tons or less in capacity, or using A1 type refrigerant do not require permits.
5- Temporary Boiler: Temporary boilers whether placed on private property or on street require a construction permit.
1-Roof repair and re-roofing above deck/sheathing: Roof repair or replacement is limited to the membrane, roof covering, and any insulation above the roof deck provided that additional insulation is not required per the NYC Energy conservation code, and does not require permits. But if roof repair requires the replacement of the roof deck then it requires the building permit.
2- Green Roofs not more than 4 inches in depth: If a building is greater than 100 feet in height and is of noncombustible construction and the green roof system is not more than 4 inches in depth measured from the upper surface of the roof covering to the top of the growth medium then such roof system does not require permits.
EXTERIOR FACADE RESTORATION – DOORS AND WINDOWS
1- Replacement of existing windows and balcony doors if meet the following conditions then they do not require permits.
a)- Such windows are not located on a lot line
b)- Replacement does not require modification of existing masonry opening
c)- Replacement windows do not affect the ventilation and natural lighting requirements as required by code.
d)- There is no change in the operable area of the window.
2- Repair and replacement of window or door sill do not require permits.
3- Replacement of the required fire-rated window does require the permit.