I would like to make an exit from the basement through a cement wall into the yard. Do I need a permit? Who does it legally? What kind of guarantees do I need to get from the contractor? How much does it cost?
There are many steps to this process so find a good general contractor. They will know, or find out the permitting process, locate utilities, arrange the excavation, hire a concrete cutting specialist, repair the weeping tile and reseal the foundation, properly install the door, build the retaining wall, etc etc etc.
Not a small job
These kind of jobs needs a permit. You can hire a good contractor who can take care of everything including the drawings and permits, alternatively you can hire an architect to do the drawings and apply for the permit, then contractor to handle the construction part. As long as there is digging and excavations in this project, the cost would be around $20K
This is not a small job and as far as I am concerned ....you need a drawing and a permit.
.....even in the USA.
Can the location be reached by a mini-excavator...
.....And does the dirt have to be trucked-out.
Is there landscaping to be fixed.....
What is on the inside of the basement wall.....
....A finished or unfinished wall/room
The (block) wall, surrounding the steps, should be excavated 4 feet down from the basement/walk-out floor and incorporate a floor drain.
The weeping tile should be fixed and/or re-connected around the stairwell.
The steps should be 36" pre-fab concrete singles
raised by another row of blocks inside the surround.
As you can see ......quite a bit of work.
Maybe you even want a light above the door.
Hire a qualified contractor !
Cost could be in the neighbourhood of $20,000.00
Yes you most definitely need a building permit! I suggest you contact a trusted Pro renovation contractor in your local area who is licensed and registered with your municipality. All in renovations offers a 5 year guarantee on all workmanship we provide this you would have to check with the contractor you hire. Cost can vary depending on the grade. You will need concrete stairs leading down to the new basement entrance/exit as well as a concrete foundation wall on either side with a concrete pad for a landing with a drain for water. Doing a project like this without a building permit would be very risky in many ways for any homeowner. Approximate cost could be $10,000 to $20,000 depending on many variables. Again I recommend you call a trusted Pro in your area. Hope this helps you out. Jeff
Most who put in a basement entry are also putting in a basement suite. Whether or not that's the case you will need to start with development approval.
There's a long list of technical requirements to consider if you're putting in a secondary suite. Safe to say that many people who do this will do so without a permit which will eventually catch up to you.
There is a potential concern with cutting a concrete wall in that it greatly weakens the wall and may require engineering involvement.
Best thing is to discuss ideas with your local municipality and a designer/renovator who is knowledgeable on development and building regulations.
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