Roof Replacement - Residential
Roof inspections are completed by drone. By applying for a roofing permit you are consenting to inspection by drone.
Note for Homeowners with Solar
When completing a re-roof for your home with solar panels, a Re-Attach Solar Permit will be needed to complete the project. This permit will need to be submitted by either a certified solar company or licensed electrical contractor.
- Completed application
- Be sure to note in the description the type of roofing to be installed and the number of squares to be installed
- Homeowner affidavit if the homeowner/occupant proposes to complete the work themselves (must own and occupy the property as primary residence to qualify)
A permit is required when more than one square of roof covering is to be replaced over the aggregate area of the roof. Every slope where roof covering is to be replaced shall be replaced in its entirety. The interface of different types of roof coverings shall only occur at a ridge, hip, or open valley. A roof covering replacement requiring a permit shall comply with the ventilation requirements of Section R806 as applicable. (Section R908)
The Town of Erie does not currently require a mid-roof inspection.
Final roofing inspection must be requested thru the Customer Self-Service Portal.
Roof inspections are conducted by drone. By obtaining a re-roof permit, you are consenting to the use of a drone for inspection.
Ladders are not required to be set up on site.
Inspections may be delayed due to weather conditions.
Town of Erie requires a minimum 110 mph sustained wind warranty from roof covering manufacturer.
- Ice shield is not required (unless required by manufacturer)
- 3-Tab Shingles are not permitted on habitable structures
- Mid-roof inspections are not required
- Contractor is no longer required to provide a ladder for final inspection as inspections are completed by drone
- Attic Ventilation shall comply with R806
- Drip edge is required on eaves and on rakes
- New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing existing roof coverings
- Flashing shall comply with R908.6
- Sidewall flashing shall comply with R905.2.8.3
- Valleys shall comply with R905.2.8.2
- Underlayment shall comply with R905.1.1 (and tables)
- Low-slope roofs shall have minimum 2 layers of underlayment
- Fasteners shall be in accordance with code requirements for type of roofing to be installed
Code references are to the 2015 International Residential Code.
Temporary Residential Reroof Permit & Inspection Process
Nov. 7, 2023 - Due to the hailstorm in May 2023 that impacted numerous homes within the Town of Erie, the Building Division timeline to process permits and inspection requests for Residential Re-roofs have increased dramatically.
To address this lengthened timeline, the following temporary re-roof inspection options are in place immediately and will be the only accepted method for a Re-roof Permit:
- Contractor Letter Option | Submit a signed and dated letter on contractor letterhead indicating, at minimum, the permit number, street address, date(s) of installation, type of roof covering and underlayment materials installed, eave and rake drip edge, and attic ventilation. This letter should be created after completion of the re-roof work.
The letter shall include the statement, “Materials and method of application complies with Town of Erie adopted 2015 and/or 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) Sections R908 & R806 as well as manufacture installation instructions.”
- Video Submittal Option | Submittal of a video by email attachment, or through a file sharing service/application, to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address for review. Videos shall follow and clearly show all required items in accordance with the checklist below.
- Inspection Report Option | Submittal of an Inspection Report from third-party inspector secured and compensated by the owner or contractor. The third-party inspector will need to be pre-approved by the Town before they complete their inspection or inspection report. Pre-approval can be completed by submitting the third-party inspector’s resume, applicable certifications, remote pilot certificate (if inspection to be completed by drone), and inspection report sample.
Re-roof permit applications shall be processed and ready for payment/issuance within approximately 3 business days from date of submittal. (Processing times are estimations, and subject to change.)
Roofs with solar panels shall submit a Solar Re-installation Permit but are permitted to re-install solar panels prior to the final roof inspection.
Please contact the Building Division via email at email@example.com if you need clarification or have questions.
On a temporary basis, or until notified otherwise, a contractor may submit a video of a completed residential reroof for review and acceptance by the Town of Erie Building Division. Videos shall be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by attachment, or a file sharing service/application with the subject line of: “Reroof video [address] [permit number]”.
To be accepted, a video shall contain only one permit (each permit shall be submitted separately). The video shall clearly show all required items in accordance with the following:
- Start with showing Address & Street
- Drip Edge at both eaves and rakes
- Peaks and Valleys
- Step flashing & kick outs
- Adequate attic ventilation – if unventilated attic, provide photos of attic interior
- All roof penetrations - show that roof jacks are present and not cut too short
- Must be supported if over 6’ tall
- If direct vent appliances that vent out the side of the house and not the roof, either indicate this in email text or show location on video
- If home is all electric, please indicate this in email text
- Crickets and saddles
- Any curbs required, such as around sky lights
- Exposed nail sealing
- Minimum 4” offset between courses of shingles
- Existing solar connection (if applicable)
Videos will be reviewed in order of receipt and as quickly as possible. A final inspection notification will be forwarded to the email address associated with the contractor listed on the permit.