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Long Beach’s New Home Permit Rate Lags Behind Nation

LONG BEACH, CA — A report released Monday by the home improvement company Porch stated the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim metropolitan region received the 10th fewest new home building permits per capita among large U.S. metros in the first six months of the year.

Researchers at Seattle-based Porch ranked metros according to the number of new housing units authorized per 100,000 residents, based on U.S. Census Bureau data for monthly permits received.

In the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim metropolitan region, 12,176 new housing units were authorized, which is 91.6 units for every 100,000 residents. The region that includes the three cities’ data together was established by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Porch reported new housing units authorized per 100,000 residents nationally in the first six months of the year was 201.2 units.

Among large metros, the Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown, Texas, region ranked at the top

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When do you need to get a building permit for remodeling?

Laura Firszt Networx.com
 |  The Rolla Daily News

As a savvy homeowner, you probably know that many outdoor home additions and improvements require official approval. But are you aware you might also need a building permit for remodeling indoors?

Though pulling a permit may feel like just another unwanted hassle (as if the remodel itself wasn’t stressful enough), the process actually helps protect you and your investment. Permits, together with the inspections which often follow, help ensure that all renovation and repair work is done in a safe, healthy manner.

What type of interior remodeling projects require a permit?

Even if you’re not adding any structures (such as a deck or shed) or expanding your home, you will usually have to obtain a building permit for interior remodeling that involves;

1. Addition or removal of a load-bearing wall. Your house literally depends on its load-bearing supports. Any alteration is a

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