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Old 02-11-2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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Interesting thing happened yesterday at the Orange city Building Department.

I overheard a conversation with a property owner and the B. D. plan checker.
The BO was in to see about having to get a permit for work that was already done to his existing exterior staircase for a deck. The deck was at the second story about 9 ft. high and the BO had a contractor come in and rip out the old rotted stringers and install new.
They had re-used the existing steel hard ware angles which is fine and installed new lags and washers etc. The PO didn't think he would need a permit for this since it was a "repair". The thing is a repair that involves something structural like the main stringers carrying all the weight of the staircase needs to be brought up to code.
I went out to his property and measured and drew up plans for it and they are now at my engineers office. He will check them, make any needed changes and then the PO can get his permit and pay a small fine.

No big deal really but I guess you just shouldn't assume that a small job like this is too small to require a permit, especially in California.

I think other states are getting to a lot more like this too.

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that's another advantage of DIY. unless the city has hidden cameras in my house, they are never gonna know.

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That is a pretty serious potential safety situation, I am not in the least bit surprised they required a permit.
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Makes you wonder what compelled him to come and inquire about the permit ....
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Someone in the city saw the new work and informed the BD.

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that's another advantage of DIY. unless the city has hidden cameras in my house, they are never gonna know.
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