Is a Permit Required for a Window Replacement?
Yes. Within the City of Santa Barbara, all forms of window replacements require a building permit including “retrofit windows” and “new construction flanged windows”. (These are also the same rules that apply to exterior doors).
If you’re getting ready to install replacement windows you might be wondering if you need to obtain a permit or not. Window installation seems like a simple job, so you might think a permit is unnecessary. The fact is your windows are important components in your home’s building envelope and affect many aspects of your home’s safety, integrity, and comfort. Obtaining a building permit ensures your home stays structurally sound and will prevent you from inadvertently creating a construction hazard that could harm yourself or your family.