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Old 04-20-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hey All!

Got a question for you (2 parter)- there is a room in the house I'm buying, was a bathroom at one time (Capped toilet and Shower plumbing, sink connection and hot / cold for both are there already). I plan installing a Shower stall, Toilet, and a Vanity. New flooring too.

First = do I need a permit for just installing fixtures? They will have to extend the current pipes up to the shower head and faucet obviously, but basically all plumbing is in place.

Second = if I do get a permit, how much can the inspector require me to change? I've understood it to be that Inspector can't make you change what has been installed in past, only keep what you add up to code - is this accurate?

I ask because it is an old house (Massachusetts), like most are up here, so I'm sure there are some things that aren't up to code about whats currently there - but I don't want to have to start tearing up existing plumbing, etc.

Let me know what you think! Thanks all!

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What does your City/County website say, and have you talked to City Hall?

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First = do I need a permit for just installing fixtures? They will have to extend the current pipes up to the shower head and faucet obviously, but basically all plumbing is in place.
Yes, you do.

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Second = if I do get a permit, how much can the inspector require me to change? I've understood it to be that Inspector can't make you change what has been installed in past, only keep what you add up to code - is this accurate?
Talk to the local inspector (call). Some towns will go so far as to even have printed sheets explaining things to home owners.

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I ask because it is an old house (Massachusetts), like most are up here, so I'm sure there are some things that aren't up to code about whats currently there - but I don't want to have to start tearing up existing plumbing, etc.
You may, or may not have to do that. When altering, remodeling, updating electrical and plumbing, you open the work up to current standards/ code requirements. Current codes do allow for some things. Specific towns and inspectors sometimes will allow for things too. Only way you will know, is by contacting them.

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you speak of a grandfathered situation. but if the old stuff was NOT built to code for the day, they you'll have to upgrade that too! if it was built do code at the time, then you can grandfather it .

subject to local code and rules as always.

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Old 04-21-2008, 02:53 PM   #5
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Was the bathroom removed because it did not meet code to begin with? Or maybe it was removed prior to sale because it was put in under the radar with no permits, inspection, etc...

At any rate, if there is no bathroom there now, a new bathroom will have to comply with current codes.
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