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Old 05-12-2010, 12:12 AM
 
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My girlfriend purchased a new double garage door from a contractor on Craigslist. He also installed it. He did a nice job at a reasonable price ($1,000 double door) However, as far as she is aware, he never applied for a building permit to do so? Is one required? If so, what can she do now to protect herself? Was that something he was supposed to do or was it her responsibility? It was never mentioned during contract and price negotiations. Naturally, she is very unnerved about it now as she is very law abiding.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:07 AM
 
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I'm not sure about Pasco, but we had to get one in Hillsborough a few months ago. Codes for hurricane resistance change so they require a permit. If the door works I'd just let it be. If she does apply for a permit and it doesn't pass inspection she'll be shelling out even more money.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Yes, a permit is required.
Unless there is a neighbor that calls in on her I doubt she will get caught but if she does she will be double fee'd at least.
If she goes to the county to get a permit she can say it hasn't been put up yet but she will need all the paperwork on the door to make sure it is rated right for the area and then when she gets the permit just post it as if it was just done.
Only problem there is if the door is not up to code she will probably be out $1000 plus permit cost and will need to spring for another garage door. I doubt you will get the contractor to spring for another door after he has gotten in trouble for doing unpermitted work.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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Are you sure about needing a permit for a Garage Door replacement? Why? It is not in any way changing the house. Do you also need a permit to replace your front door? What about decorative shutters? Light Post?

These are "consumables" and do not change the structure of the house. The real protection from the Garage comes from the Steel entry door entrance into the living area; No?

I would love to see the section of code on this.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Are you sure about needing a permit for a Garage Door replacement? Why? It is not in any way changing the house. Do you also need a permit to replace your front door? What about decorative shutters? Light Post?

These are "consumables" and do not change the structure of the house. The real protection from the Garage comes from the Steel entry door entrance into the living area; No?

I would love to see the section of code on this.
Garage doors are wind rated just as windows are.
You certainly need a permit and the application needs the engineering plans that come with the door.

I light post would need a permit also since there is electric run to it and it needs to be in a correct footing.

You can look up the building code for just about any county online.

Most inside doors from the garage are not steel and even if it were once the wind in a storm gets into the garage it has made entry under the roof (via the access panel in most garages) which changes the pressure in the home and can lead to roof failure.
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