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Old 11-27-2010, 02:55 AM   #1
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Ok so this is my first post on here and I am looking for some good feed back. The question is do I need a building permit and an inspector afterwards?

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We had a cape cod built with and unfinished upstairs. Now is time to complete the upstairs. I had the builder wire the first outlet in each room along with the bathroom and lights. The plumbing was roughed in but not completed.

I am going to allow a electican apprentis that is a neighbor to wire in the other outlet and the recess lighting. My wife believes we need a building permit and the inspectors after in order to be able to resale the house down the road.

What is the answer?
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:13 AM   #2
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Depending on your locality, you usually need a permit for any changes you make to the existing structure or utilities.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:41 AM   #3
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Depends entirely on the locality. Call your local building department and ask. There is no way anyone on this forum can answer your question unless they live/work in your area and a familiar with the regs.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:22 AM   #4
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Yeah, it depends on your locality, but 95% sure you are going to need not only permits and inspection after, but also a rough-in inspection on the plumbing, electrical, framing and insulation. Then a final inspection once the job is 100% complete.

For finishing a complete second floor I would do it NO other way.
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"We had a cape cod built with an unfinished upstairs."
I'm confused.... how did you have a cape cod 'built' with no permits???
Regardless.... like Petey said, you need permits and inspections rough AND final.
I do realize that many people think they are a PITA and hate the inspectors but when you go to sell and none of the work has been inspected/approved........ well... you know. Listen to your wife.


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Old 11-27-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
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I am going to allow a electican apprentis that is a neighbor to wire in the other outlet and the recess lighting. My wife believes we need a building permit and the inspectors after in order to be able to resale the house down the road.
You've had responses on the permit side but I'd like to add this:
In MN you would be required to have a licensed electrician or be the home owner to do the remaining wiring.
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