Forum Title: Who should pull the permit for window replacement?
I am having the windows on my home replaced. We are using retrofit windows which even though we are not touching the frame, the Los Angeles Dept of Building and Safety requires a permit. The person we are planning to use to do the work is a licensed general building contractor, but he is asking for me to apply for the permit myself as an owner-builder. I am hesitant to do this because of the somewhat confusing information about being considered an employer and being responsible for any payroll taxes, workers comp, or any sort of injury that occurs while doing the work. Should this be a red flag?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: D. Lowes (Stamford, CT), 01/15/2019

Try this to see if it gives enough information for you. Post back if we can help further.

- HOWARD GRAY (Schaumburg, IL), 02/17/2019

Big red flag. If he is licensed he should apply for the permit. Move on.

- FELICIA MOSS (Petaluma, CA), 02/05/2019

As the others said - the contractor should get whatever permits are needed. IMO the only legit reason for a contractor to have a customer get the permit is if he is so busy and having the customer do it would speed things up. The contractor should have a workmen's comp policy, if he doesn't, your insurance could be liable if he or one of his workers got hurt.

- LEON BOWMAN (Bolingbrook, IL), 03/02/2019

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