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Old 11-04-2010, 05:31 PM   #196
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a friend wanted to build a simple 5x8 porch with a roof (just replace what already exists today). the permit was in excess of $500. the material for this job was $800. decided not to do the job because of permit cost and just kept what already exists there. and guess what, what is already there is probably LESS safe than what the new porch would have been .. but this old porch is acceptable by code since it is grandfathered. stupid rules and unfair pricing just made life LESS safe.

i think we all agree that permits are useful for many reasons. we also all agree that we would benefit politically, safety, and legally if we have them.

now the last question that needs to be hammered out.

what is a FAIR price for this service?
free? (i.e. let taxes pay for it)
based on your material cost?
less if you have pre-engineered plans?

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:38 PM   #197
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Wow...that's a lot
The permit fee for my 24x36 garage/great room/walk up attic was only $545



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Old 11-05-2010, 01:56 AM   #198
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I was reading thru this section and I know I did see quite few peoples mention electicial from time to time and of course I am Electrician by trade and I have automatically have to pull the permits and I do this everyday so almost like cake walk.

I have one customer some time back he was not a happy camper when he learn that I get the permit for this particair job { a basement bedroom } and he say WTF that cost alot of money for other things that is not related to electrical I expain to him that the building code is very specfic on what it cover and the only way I can do that is have ALL the proper permits covered first before I do anything.

Majtory of Licensed tradepersons will know what to do with permits and they will pull proper one.

I know many of you are DIY'er but PLEASE .,,, PLEASE make sure you have proper permit and it up to date I know it will cost you some money but in long run as other members explaing here to save your butt.

One house I have done not too long ago in France we have alot of rules to follow and this person remodel the kitchen but did NOT read the electrical codes very clear and that person called me in for simple repair and I indefity it and it was not permited job so I put my work on hold and get proper permit to get it fix right { the issue was the Ring circuit it is NOT allowed in France at all } the result was have to take all the cabents and tear the wall apart and redo the wiring to proper one and have inspector check it and pass it.


So you can see why if you do any pretty good size project make sure you talk to the inspector or local building department first before you do anything so you can get all the base covered.

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:17 PM   #199
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i hear you and totally agree.

this is my beef.. if it takes the inspector 5 minutes to show up to my house, shake the meter, give a quick look to see if the PVC has been strapped to the house properly and then leave.. why is my permit over $100?

that is $100 for 5 minutes of work.

????

on the plus side, the electrical inspector was great. really accomodating to my wild schedule.

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i hear you and totally agree.

this is my beef.. if it takes the inspector 5 minutes to show up to my house, shake the meter, give a quick look to see if the PVC has been strapped to the house properly and then leave.. why is my permit over $100?

that is $100 for 5 minutes of work.

????

on the plus side, the electrical inspector was great. really accomodating to my wild schedule.

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I had a 200 amp service and breaker box installed at a cost of 1200 3-4 weeks ago. 100 of that was for the electrical inspector. I have not seen the electrical inspector yet. If he has been by he definitely did not inspect the new breaker box in the basement.
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I had a 200 amp service and breaker box installed at a cost of 1200 3-4 weeks ago. 100 of that was for the electrical inspector. I have not seen the electrical inspector yet. If he has been by he definitely did not inspect the new breaker box in the basement.
I just received the certificate from the electrical inspector today from the guy that put in the new service. I guess they don't need to inspect the breaker box. Either that or he let himself into my basement. I guess I'd better check that bulkhead lock.
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I am starting a remodel of my basement of a house i bought this year. The basement was ' half finished ' It has a section on the back where the washer / dryer / boiler / comode is that is unfinished.

Due to the 70's style decor ( ugly carpet / panel walls / drop ceiling, etc ) I decided to rip that out to put up 2x4's and drywall, as well as re-do the electrical outlets and lights/ drop ceiling, etc.

There is currently a toilet in the basement, just sort of there. it's not in a room, encolsed, no sink, etc. Just a bowl.

Upon finishing the basement i'd like to frame in a laundry room and a bathroom, maybe even a half bath with a shower in it.


I plan on doing all the work myself, not sure if i want to pull a permit for the stuff like putting up drywall and updating all the basement wiring, but am I right assuming that i'll NEED to pull a permit for adding a bathroom in order to be able to list my house as having 2 bathrooms when i go to sell it?

Also, In NJ... Does livable square footage ( like on a realesate listing ) include the finished basement? I think I read something along the lines of in nj the state does not count any livable space in the basement unless there is a seperate entrance to the basement or something?

And lastly, If i bring in an inspector to inspect for example the plumbing in the bathroom, can he cite me/fine me / give me trouble over new electrical work/ new studs/ etc

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Here is what are county says about permits. I found it by typing in my search engine madison county alabama building permits. At least they are right to the point on this one.

Beginning June 3rd, 2009 changes take effect on permit requirement and fees.
If you construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or other residential structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done whenever the reasonable cost of the material and labor for such work is in excess of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), you shall first make application to the Inspection Department and obtain the required permits. Whenever the work being performed includes any construction, alteration, addition, or modification to the plumbing drainage system, or requires disconnection of the electrical system in any way whatsoever, any owner or authorized agent shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit regardless of the reasonable cost of the material and labor for such work. Other work requiring permits and inspections include: roofing, re-roofing, window replacement, siding, swimming pools and spas, and all commercial work regardless of cost.
If you have questions as to whether your project requires permits, please call our office prior to the commencement of any work.
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