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What to do after a project has been completed ... and you learn that you really did need that permit that the contractor assured you was not needed? We have a patio cover in place now, perhaps too close to the property line ... is there a way to pull a permit for a completed project?
 

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You may have a bit of problem.

The patio cover may or may not have been built according to the present codes.

The location of the patio cover may have been too close to the property line and violate the zoning and use requirements.

Was the contractor involved in any legal things like codes/inspections OR was made aware of the property lines that you may have been aware of? You own the property the cover is on and cannot enfringe on neighboring property rights.

Building codes (how you build) are separate from land use/location regarding the type of structure and the physical location.

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Can you get a permit after the fact????? Probably, but be prepared for other issues..........was the patio permitted/legal?? If not, it might have to be removed, which renders the cover a moot point. Once you install a cover, many codes consider that a room, and that opens up a whloe bunch of other issues.
 

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What to do after a project has been completed ... and you learn that you really did need that permit that the contractor assured you was not needed? We have a patio cover in place now, perhaps too close to the property line ... is there a way to pull a permit for a completed project?
Best case scenario, they just fine you for getting a permit after the fact. Usually 3 times the permit fee.
Worse case scenario, they make you remove an illegal structure you can't get a variance for.
During the estimate getting process, did all the contractors tell you no permit was needed?
In the future, I'd call the building dept, first before you call in any contractors and ask them questions about the job. This way you can avoid the clowns who say to you, "You don't need a permit".
Or you can ask here and we'll help you.
 
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