Many consumers are unaware, but it is required to obtain a permit in order to replace a roof in New Mexico. 


Depending where the home is located, you may have to get a permit from the city of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Construction Industries office, Bernalillo County office, etc. Unfortunately, not all roofing companies obey the law and get the appropriate permit for their roofing work. When a consumer is deciding which roofing company to use, it is imperative to see if the roofing company will be getting a permit for the work. If the permit and inspection is not included in their contract, the homeowner may be responsible for obtaining a permit. 

In order to get an Albuquerque city permit, you fill out an application. Some of the questions on the application include what type of roofing material we are installing, whether it is a residential or commercial project, and homeowner information. With a commercial permit, we must submit a set of plans, the signed contract, and specifications on what type of roofing material we are installing. Albuquerque started doing online applications in 2016. Once you submit your application, it can take a couple days to a couple weeks to receive your reroof permit. Commercial permits tend to take longer to receive than residential permits. Residential permits are usually available within a couple days. The permit must be posted on site while the reroof is being performed. After the work is completed, you must schedule a final reroof inspection. The city recently started to drone their final inspections. Prior to this, the roofing company or homeowner would provide a ladder for the city inspector to take a look at the roof. Now, they are able to fly a drone over the finished roof. If the inspector fails the roof, they will provide a correction notice showing what needs to be done in order to pass. You have the opportunity to correct the mistake and set up a re-inspection. Once the inspection passes, it is logged into their online database.

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