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Old 08-19-2011, 12:53 PM   #16
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Ok, thanks Tom.

Have an update. Based upon the ten foot ledger span, I would have needed 7 through bolts AND at least SIXTY 12d nails. That seemed excessive and unrealistic for a 10 foot board.

I called the code inspector and there was an update. The through bolts are now at 2'8" o.c. and the 12d nails are now 3 each at 16" o.c.

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Old 08-19-2011, 02:16 PM   #17
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Do you need a permit for a "repair"?
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:38 PM   #18
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Good question. I have not asked; maybe I should.

I just suspected that since the deck was not built to current code, if it was touched structurally in any way, the re-work had to be to current code.

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Old 08-25-2011, 08:46 AM   #19
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I could use your experience on this question.

Do all building code departments use labor costs to calculate the permit fee?

This is my first time applying for a building permit. I downloaded the application and started to fill it out. One fill-in-the-blank is Total Project Cost: $ _____ .

I call the building department. I'm told the Cost is the total cost of the project which is used to calculate the permit fee. So I ask why is labor a factor. No answer other than that is what the county commissioners decided.

I can build a box and use my labor for a total cost of say $500. My neighbor can build the same box but pay someone $300 to build the $500 box. My permeit fee would be different than my neighbors for the same box.

One example of why people dislike permits.

How does it work in your area?

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