is completed without the benefit of permits, it is a violation. No further
permits will be issued for that site until the violation is corrected.
Additional fees and/or fines may result and a lien may be placed against
the property until the violation is corrected.
permits must be obtained as required for new construction. The work
must comply with the applicable codes in effect at the time of application.
Therefore, work that may have been legal at the time of construction
may not be acceptable at the time of permitting.
If the unpermitted
work is commercial, a licensed architect or engineer must prepare and
certify all plans and documents as indicated in this pamphlet and submit
to the Building Official for review and approval. When the plans are
approved by the Building Official, a building inspector will
perform the normal inspections. However, any construction which the
inspector cannot verify must be qualified by a licensed engineer or
architect to the satisfaction of the Building Official. This may require
expensive testing and/or demolition and often becomes very time consuming.
unpermitted work is residential, you can pay for a building inspector
to perform a site inspection and he/she will indicate, in writing, what
documents and information must be provided to the building department
in order to obtain the building permit. A licensed engineer or architect
may be required to certify plans and documents. Again, any work that
cannot be verified by the inspector must be qualified by a licensed
engineer or architect to the satisfaction of the Building Official.