Dear Barry, In past articles you've mentioned "as-built permits" for additions and alterations that were done without building permits. I have a property that was totally renovated -- new electrical, plumbing, heating, and roof -- all done without permits. I'm going to list the property for sale and want to know if an as-built permit is a good idea before I sell. Could you explain how this works? --Lou Dear Lou, When you sell a home with nonpermitted alterations, you have two choices: You can sell it "as is," but with full disclosure of nonpermitted work, or you can get an as-built permit and, hopefully, make everything legal. But before you apply for an as-built permit, you should be aware of the pros and cons. Most building departments offer as-built permits as a way to bring maverick additions and alterations into legal conformity. On its face, the concept is quite simple: You submit a set of plans to the building official with an application for a ...
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