Egress Codes for Basement Windows

Are permits required for an Egress Window?

YES, and they are based on the value of the project. Most permits are $150 or less for an egress window. The cost is also different per city. Inspections are divided into two parts a “framing” and/or “final” inspection. We typically have the inspection schedule the same day that we are finishing up our work so,  if an issue was to arise, we can address it before we leave. The most common issue is that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are not installed or in their proper places.  A common misconception is that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are only required near the basement bedroom where the new egress window was installed.  This is wrong, typically an inspector will need to check for detectors by each and every bedroom in the house. Our crews now stock detectors on their trucks and will place them in the necessary spots for our inspection to pass if the homeowner fails to provide them before the final inspection. Please note, additional charges my apply if they are not already predetermined in the contract.

The inspection usually takes about 5  to 10 minutes which allows for the inspector to check everything and make sure it complies to code.  If we are unable to schedule the inspection for the same day or if the homeowner pulls the permit as the “general” and wants to take the inspection, most cities want the permit to be inspected and finalized within 90 days upon completion of the egress window.  Egress Window Guy charges a permit application fee for obtaining permits. Please call us at 1-855-934-7377 if you have questions about permits and the inspection process.

Click HERE to see some of the basic egress codes for basement windows.