Construction Law FAQ
Before beginning a construction project, it is wise to acquaint yourself with some of the legal implications you may encounter. We’ve gathered a list of some frequently asked questions concerning construction law in North Carolina. If you have questions about your legal rights a legal dispute throughout any stage of the construction process, our expert construction law attorney Mr. Richard L. Fox III is here for you.
What is a building code?
A building code is a set of rules that governs the minimum standards of building sites and building maintenance, which includes: building location, design, construction, and quality. There are specific requirements for electricity, plumbing, handicapped access, fire safety equipment and more. Building codes ensure that buildings are safe and dependable and also hold construction workers accountable for their work.
Do I need to obtain a permit for my construction project?
If you are planning to remodel, alter, or add to a building, it will require a permit. Every community has varying requirements so you may need a special permit to build in a particular area. In addition, take caution to any land or zoning restrictions in the area you are planning to build. A construction attorney in Fayetteville, NC can help you obtain all required permits.
Can I be billed more than my estimate?
Yes. An estimate is exactly that, it’s an approximate price for the service. Before you sign a contract, make sure that you know if the price given is an estimate or a firm price. If you are suspicious that the estimated price is significantly lower than the price charged, contact a construction attorney and see if there are any legal remedies available.
Is an oral contract legally valid?
Depending on your jurisdiction, an oral contract may or may not be legal. Most contracts are required to be in writing, but some are also made orally. It is best to place any construction contract agreements into writing to show proof of the terms of agreement.
What is a mechanic’s lien?
A mechanic’s lien serves as a way to ensure payment for a subcontractor. If a subcontractor improves, maintains, or repairs a property and does not receive compensation from the property owner following job completion, the subcontractor can file a mechanic’s lien.
What is a construction defect?
A construction defect is a deficiency in the construction or design of a building that results from a builder’s failure to complete the work in a legitimate manner. If there is a construction defect, the contractor can be held liable and it is advised to contact a construction attorney.