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it there a way to get a adition permited after it has been built. It has plumbing and electrical

  • August 09 2012 - US
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Absolutely!!! Head down to the local building department and open the can of worms so that it does not become an issue when it is time to sell the home. The building permit process is in place to protect homeowners from unsafe and shoddy workmanship. It ensures that the different tradesmen did their jobs to the current standards and this prevents unsafe wiring, for example, that could lead to a fire, property destruction, and even taking the lives of those you love.
I wish that more people would heed this advice, instead of trying to skirt the system. I find that about 70% of the basements in my Northern Utah area that are finished off after the original construction do not have permits pulled for the work. One could say that it is job security for me as an inspector, but it really just creates a burden for everybody involved with the process after the owner decides to sell.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Michael Leavitt - Master Inspector
Orem, Utah
  • August 21 2012
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I don't know if you built the addition or if you bought the house with the unpermitted addition. 

Inspections can be made "after the fact", but they can be invasive and costly.

Required building inspections vary from locale to locale. New construction, even for additions, can easily require a dozen or more inspections.

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Call your local building inspection department and discuss your problem.

Unpermitted structures can be dangerous.

Don't forget to check with your zoning department to be sure the addition is legal.

Good luck,
Carl Heldmann
  • August 14 2012
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You may however get a fine for building without a permit as well that will need to be paid for to close out the project with the city/town
  • August 13 2012
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What we have in our area are approved Windstorm Engineers, but in most areas around the country, a PE (Professional Engineer) could be hired to inspect and certify that the work has been completed according to codes enforce at time of construction and also list any items that might need to be brought up to current code.
Also you might see if they are any IBC/IRC Inspectors in your area.
I am planning on becoming certified as an IRC Inspector for my full retirement years......If you meet the IRC code you are in great shape.

Good Luck!
James Callas - Realtor® 
  • August 11 2012
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Yes. It is certainly more work than doing it normally.   It may require some removal of wall covering (e.g. sheetrock) so the inspector can see the electrical and plumbing. 
  • August 09 2012
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