Do You Need a Permit to Tear Down a Mobile Home?

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Updated February 9, 2024

Permits are required for demolition projects as a means of ensuring work is completed safely, legally, and properly.

Mobile home removal is no different.

Yes, a permit is typically required when tearing down a mobile home, whether you do it yourself or hire a demolition contractor to handle it for you.

You may also need to prove that you are the owner of record of the mobile home or the land on which the mobile home sits.

In some states, you'll need a permit, proof of ownership, and additional information before demolition can begin. While in other states, a permit isn't required for removing a mobile home with the intention of disposing of the resulting scrap material.

Securing a demolition or renovation permit is not just a legal requirement, it also serves as a protective measure to safeguard the well-being of workers and the surrounding community, while also ensuring the proper management of debris and potential environmental impacts.

Another reason it's necessary to obtain a permit for a demolition or renovation project is for insurance purposes, as it directly impacts the coverage and protection of your property.

In addition, potential buyers want to know that all modifications to a property they're considering buying have been conducted legally and in compliance with building codes. Having the necessary permits demonstrates that the alterations were undertaken with proper oversight and adhere to safety and structural standards.

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To get a mobile home demolition permit...

Step 1: Collect all documents of ownership.

Step 2: Take photos of the mobile home.

Step 3: Bring your documents and photos with you to your local building department.

Step 4: Fill out the necessary form(s).

Step 5: Receive permit. (In most cases, the permit issued is good for up to 6 months, but confirm this with the building department.)



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