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Old 07-07-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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i'm considering adding a garage to my existing garage.....i have drawings from an engineer and contractors picked out to do the work. i'm wondering if i can just do the work without getting a permit.....

i finished my basement without getting one and i'm still alive....

from my past experience, most of the inspectors that come by are somewhat incompetent anyway.....so, without getting off topic (please!), can we have an intelligent conversation about the pros and cons of getting a permit? (obviously there are both pros/cons that i can think of....but i thought i'd ask for your views too)

thanks.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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i'm considering adding a garage to my existing garage.....i have drawings from an engineer and contractors picked out to do the work. i'm wondering if i can just do the work without getting a permit.....

i finished my basement without getting one and i'm still alive....

from my past experience, most of the inspectors that come by are somewhat incompetent anyway.....so, without getting off topic (please!), can we have an intelligent conversation about the pros and cons of getting a permit? (obviously there are both pros/cons that i can think of....but i thought i'd ask for your views too)

thanks.
Adding on to the footprint of your house is there for everyone to see. It requires a permit (and will add to your taxes).
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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Totally depends on where you live.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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I see the need for some permits but it doesn't always seem right. You have to pay for a permit, then pay for work done, and then another reward of possibly higher taxes.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:06 AM
 
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PROS:
Save on the Permit fees.
Save on Impact fees (if applicable).
Nobody breathing over you telling you do this or that.
No delays due to inspections.
Codes? We don't need no stink'n codes!

CONS:
Have to be nice to neigbors or they may drop a dime on you.
Have to be nice to workers or they may drop a dime on you.
Have to be nice to the community or someone may drop a dime on you.
Run risk of cease and decist if spotted.
Run risk of being ordered to tear it down after you paid good money to put it up.
Insurance may drop coverage if they discover it.
Read the Real Estate Forum on problems selling property with unpermitted additions.
Tax man can still raise taxes on addition even without permit.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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For something as obvious as an addition, not getting a permit is a big mistake. In addition to the obvious concerns (someone turning you in), they use satellite images in many areas to catch people who do this kind of work without permits. I remember reading about a town using Google Earth to catch people who put in pools without getting a permit.

My county has their own satellite GIS maps. If I did something as little as extending the walkway that runs around the side of the house by a few feet they'd be able to tell I did it.

I think today, it's not a matter of IF you'll be caught, but WHEN.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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Legal, or illegal? You choose, and if you're a role model just keep in mind the example you're setting for those that look up too you.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Its pretty hard to hide work being done to the exterior of your house. In our city, there is a code enforcement team and they do regularly drive thru neighborhoods. I re-roofed a rental house and they "red flagged" the work until I went down to city hall and got a permit. Lesson learned.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: The Mitten.
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Get a permit, for cryin' out loud. There is no downside.

And if you ever decide to sell the place, it makes it much easier.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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Get a permit, for cryin' out loud.
Agreed.

I would want inspectors ensuring that the work the contractors are doing are up to code. And I would want everything to code because 1.) safety and 2.) no issues if/when you decide to sell. And I'm not sure that I would hire contractors who were willing to proceed without the proper permits.

OP, why would you not want to get a permit?
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