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Old 08-18-2009, 12:14 PM
Location: Central New Jersey
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Originally Posted by gagaliya View Post
can you guys explain some basics to me. I know for a condo/coop, you need to get approval to rennovate.

But for a house??? why on earth do you need to get permit to rennovte your own house? especially if it's something internal like a bathroom or kitchen. I never heard of this requirement.

As someone pointed out - it depends on how extensive the renovation is and it usually becomes an issue when you sell the property, or if you make a claim against your homeowners insurance policy, or if someone gets injured and brings a lawsuit.

If the renovations are cosmetic then you are ok without permits. But if your renovation involves major plumbing, electrical or removing walls that could be structural supports, then their could be health and/or safety issues if the work is not done according to Code.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:51 PM
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In addition to safety, it's also so the town can keep up with improvements and raise your property assessment accordingly. Hence all of the unpermitted finished basements you see around.
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:34 PM
Location: Ridgewood
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Originally Posted by DFBonnett View Post
Sounds like a tactic to knock the price down or get out of the contract.
Sounds like they're doing their due diligence.
Most contractors will tell you a permit isn't needed. bottom line: ask the building department.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:58 PM
Location: Newport Jersey City,NJ
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ok but is this a requirement or just for your own safety/peace of mind.

Lets say I redo all the plumbing, and of course i hire a licensed well reviwewed team to do it. But do not bother getting a permit or go through the town.

What will happen?
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:19 PM
Location: Tampa
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I lived in Fair Lawn. We had some work done in out basement (added a bathroom and enclosed the garage and made it into a livable room). At the time, we decided not to get the permits, but we paid dearly in the end. We sold our home and had to spend $10k re-doing what was done incorrectly (or not up to code). We bought our home as a 1 bathroom home with a garage, but the town noticed we listed our property as 2 bath, and enclosed garage, so we had to have our home inspected for fire safety, electrical, plumbing and building. We failed electrical and plumbing. We had to rip out the flooring and plumbing and reinstall the plumbing and lay down new flooring.

Check with your town or ask a realtor if you know of any that you can talk with.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:11 AM
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I have a quick question here. We are closing our house soon and we plan to renovate all of bathrooms. We will have minor plumbing moving in both full bath (like moving toilet or vanity to another side of wall). We have gone through everything with our contractors. However, he does not handle permits. Can we apply the permit by ourselves? Do we need a licensed plumber to perform the work if we apply for the permit?
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