Is building permit needed for installing precast concrete steps

by Kathy
(Shaler Twp., Allegheny Co., PA)

Q. I had two sets of concrete steps with a concrete slab in between. The steps were in extremely bad shape so they were jack hammered out and are to be replaced by precast concrete steps with railings. All of a sudden there is now mention of possibly needing a building permit. Does one generally need a building permit to install precast steps?

A. All city and town building codes are a little different. You would have to check with your local building code enforcement officer to get the answer to your question. I know in my town if you're installing something considered permanent, like concrete, and it's over a certain dollar amount ($1500.00) then a building permit is required.

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