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I purchased our home from a reputable builder few years ago. They are still building homes in our subdivision. This home came with a screened porch instead of a deck (about 200 square feet). I had inspection before purchase. Just couple of weeks ago, some siding was added for about 3 feet height, after removing the thin pickets. No change to the structure of the porch itself. I thought of making more improvements to the porch and checked with county and found out the builder never got permit for the porch but only a deck. Contacted builder about this and Builder is saying since I added little bit siding, they will not contact county to update the county records. Will a letter from the builder stating that they built the porch along with the home, help me get this fixed retroactively to home purchase date?
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Thank you Pasadenan for all the information. I am going to leave it as screened porch and first apply for a porch permit to get the record corrected retroactively. The porch came with 4x4 posts every 3 feet and the screens in-between and the roof rests above. The tall posts below floor are similar to a deck. Our floorplan, as published by builder, shows an optional porch in place of deck. If I want any improvements later, I'll then apply for the relevant permit at that time. I have a large lot, so hopefully there will be no issues with floor area ratio. Lesson learnt is, cannot trust even well reputed builders, when it comes to permits, even when buying a new home. Need to verify everything, even if we do an inspection before purchase.
Thank you very much Pasadenan for your response. I have checked with the county about setbacks and easements. No problem there. The reason I first contacted county was to get a permit since I did not want to do any structural improvements without permit. I was shocked to find out that the builder had not taken a permit for the porch since it was necessary when it was built. The porch is still completely open with a low knee wall, which is common in our area. The porch stands on 8 foot tall posts and has a nice roof that covers it entirely. My goal is to first get the record corrected that we have had this porch instead of a deck. If I need to apply for a porch permit to get an inspection, not sure what to provide as "contractor information". Should it be my name there or the builder who built this porch?
Thank you very much Tim for replying my question. I had earlier thought of making improvements to the porch and talked to the County office.That's how I came to know about this problem. Since there is no record of the porch, I do not want to do any improvements. First want to get this record corrected that the home came with a screened porch.When I read the porch permit application, it asks contractor information. Since the builder has already built this porch when he sold it, I did not want to say that I am building it now. County gives permits for a new porch. Builder is not willing to correct their mistake. Would getting a letter from builder that they built it help me in getting this record corrected? Any input appreciated. Thank you.
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