Construction Requiring a Permit


Old 03-20-13, 07:20 AM
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Construction Requiring a Permit

I am curious as to how other states view work that requires a permit, but non is taken out. If the homeowner is urged to take out a permit but is adamant not to, should we just walk away from work? The state of Calif is tough on the contractor, as are some local jurisdictions. San Mateo County Solar Org asked some of the jurisdictions how they would handle the matter, it appears to have blown up.
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Old 03-20-13, 07:28 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

What are you asking? Are you a contractor and the homeowner for whom you are working is not taking out a permit?
Old 03-20-13, 07:47 AM
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If a permit is required and the homeowner says he doesn't want to....I don't think any reputable contractor would touch the job. And if I as the homeowner knew a permit was required, but the contractor would do the work without one, I'd wonder what other shortcuts he would take.

It's a different matter if a permit is required and you don't get one...but you are doing the work yourself. Then it all falls on your head.
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I assume if the homeowner or someone else does work without a permit an insurance company may use it as cause to not pay a claim. Especially if the work is not up to code.
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Dane is definitely right. It would seem to me a contractor might be more open to a liability claim if they do work without a permit when one is required.
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The insurance angle is a good one. Another is resale. I have heard of unpermitted remodels that have had to be torn out and redone prior to resale as the AHJ was not aware of any renovations and did not approve, nor inspect the changes. That can be costly

I would not touch a job that required a permit and either the GC or owner did not pull one.
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