Originally Posted by jv210
i believe a handyman has a limit in which he can do work, but you need a permit for everything.
Any job over $500 requires a licensed contractor.
According to the California Building Code, no building or structure shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished unless a separate permit for each building or structure has first been obtained from the building official. Source: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/
While dependent on location here's what requires a permit in my city:
Projects that require a permit
Typical projects include, but are not limited to:
New homes and buildings
Enclosures and carports
Decks and patio covers
Retaining walls *
Fireplaces and fireplace inserts
Shower/tub enclosure replacements
Swimming pools and spas
Projects that do not require a permit*
Unless within a design review or preservation district (or a historic landmark), a building permit is not required for:
One story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, etc., providing the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
Fences, other than masonry walls, under six feet in height.
Retaining walls not over four feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
Platforms, walkways, and driveways not more than 30 inches above grade and not over any basement or story below.
Painting, papering, and similar finish work.
Electrical isn't listed but I know for a fact permits are required along with HVAC and others.