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Old 01-06-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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I'm wondering how a town determines what the Cost of Work is for a project? I've been told that the remodeling project I have proposed will be acceptable by the town so long as the cost does not go above 50% of the value of the structure. How are they going to know how much money was spent?

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Many jurisdictions have a set valuation for some work to be performed.

Usually they go by the sq. footage of the kind of work to be performed, they are rarely accurate to any degree but it is a starting point for them.

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They ask that question on the permit application...here anyway.
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I'm wondering how a town determines what the Cost of Work is for a project?
In the same way that they don't do their own engineering studies to come up with span tables for lumber and other such details... they'll go to the same sources that outfits like accubid will use.

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They'll look up what would ordinarily need to be spent... or more likely, they'll use their cheat sheets gleaned from past inquiries which show this.

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We only run into that if we are dealing with a structure in a flood plain.
The county will not let us improve the structure if the cost to improve is more than 50% the total worth of the structure.

If they have a garage accessed at 6000.00 I can't re-roof and put siding on it if the cost is more than 3,000.00

The only way around this is if the HO pulls the permit and says they are doing the work themselves or waterproof the structure.

But to answer your question they wil ask how much the project is going to cost when you pull the pemit. As the HO you only need to
put the cost of materials.( If you are doing the work) If a contractor pulls the permit, they will have to provide a copy of their contract.

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I'm wondering how a town determines what the Cost of Work is for a project? I've been told that the remodeling project I have proposed will be acceptable by the town so long as the cost does not go above 50% of the value of the structure. How are they going to know how much money was spent?

There is a section on the permit applications with areas to fill-in the costs of the project.

They then base the permit fee costs on that information - that you supply.

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