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Old 11-18-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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My neighbor is constructing a huge, separate building in his back yard. It is an eyesore and is very close to our shared fence line and I believe it also extends into the easement. The neighbors are doing all the work themselves and I don't believe they are using a licensed contractor. How do I verify they've obtained a building permit? Is there a place on-line that I can query or a city department that I can call?
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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If it is within San Antonio City Limits, you can click on the link below and enter the address to see if any permits have been obtained for that address recently.
City of San Antonio - List Permits For An Address
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:16 PM
 
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Thanks so much, ged_782! I ran a search and no permit has been obtained for the neighbor's address. Hmmm. Now to decide if I'll file a complaint with the city or not.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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Thanks so much, ged_782! I ran a search and no permit has been obtained for the neighbor's address. Hmmm. Now to decide if I'll file a complaint with the city or not.
You can file a Code Compliance complaint as simple as calling 3-1-1 and providing the address and info. You are not required to leave your name.

That is assuming you want to go that route.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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A permit is supposed to be posted on the property or in a window where it can be seen from the street (although you would have to get up close to read what it says).

If you do end up reporting it, they will probably send an inspector to that address to determine if any work is being done that would require a permit. If so, they will issue a Stop Work Order, until the owner obtains the necessary permits and pays any applicable fees or fines.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:35 AM
 
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...If you do end up reporting it, they will probably send an inspector to that address to determine if any work is being done that would require a permit. If so, they will issue a Stop Work Order, until the owner obtains the necessary permits and pays any applicable fees or fines.
And you will destroy any relationship you may have had with your neighbor.

Not advocating that someone skirt the permit requirements... just that you might wanna talk to them before ratting them out. They'll still be mad, just maybe not as much.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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And you will destroy any relationship you may have had with your neighbor.
Not necessarily. In my neighborhood, we will have people who live many streets away call 311 about work done without permits. I guess it all depends on the neighborhood. Mine likes to gossip, so everyone knows that "the blue house" is trying to put in a new garage in the back, or that "the green house" wants to add a fence. Granted, we are a historic district, so neighbors expect a higher level of rule following (if that makes any sense). Usually the only people who complain are the "flippers".
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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I am so glad that I live in the country and do not have to worry about people calling the damn bureaucrats on me. I do not see how people put up with having THEIR property under the strict rules of these damn HOA's also. Some of these ridiculous housing authorities are just like the government, they want CONTROL. What the hell difference is it that someone is building a building on their property. 99% of the reason for these "permits" is just so the city can raise their taxes!! Not for any legitimate concerns about safety.
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