I'm really curious here,
This kinda tangents off another thread already started,
what do you think the percentage of times work is done that requires a
permit that a permit is actually gotten for indoor work.
I'd guess at 4 out of 10 times work is done a permit is actually pulled.
what do you all think?
what percentage of your work do you do with a permit, (if ever)
In 39 years of home ownership, five years in a part time business installing
windows and doors, I've never pulled a permit. A few years ago my roofer
did. I'm going to put up a small shed this summer and may get a permit for
Let's see, I've change my electrical service, tore down and bolt a larger
deck, added a couple of sinks, added electrical circuits, In my last house I
took out the garage and made it part of the basement by bricking up what
formerly was the garage door, added sidewalks, railings, fenced in a yard,
added outside water taps, replaced fixtures, completely remodeled a kitchen,
and probably other things I can't recall at the moment.
Enforcement varies in each town. Some only check when a bitchy neighbor
calls and reports you.
so in your terms Polski,
something is only illegal,
or someone is only a criminal if they get reported by a bitchy
remember that next time you're a crime victim,
you know, like when your cleaning lady wife kicks your ass
Considering that here in the Austin jurisdiction the city officials
require a permit if more than $25.00 worth of improvements are done
to a home or business, I would guess that the percentage is about
25% or less.
Adding a fancy new door knob to your entry door costs alot more than
Here you are required to pull a permit to install a ceiling fan, add
an outlet, convert an outlet, build a trash can enclosure or a
carport on the front of the house, etc.
It all depends where you live.
Usually, my township of 25 houses only requires a permit if you're
doing an addition.
Like a city council member once told me, "You can do anything you want
as long as you cut your grass and don't beat your kids." - So, I
completely gutted my bathroom, replumbed the whole house, and ran a new
circuit to the bathroom. Without a permit.
I'd guess much lower than 40%.
Simply replacing your water heater with an identical model requires a
permit around here. Look at all those water heaters in hardware stores
and home supply chains, look at how many of them they sell to
homeowners, and ask yourself whether any of those people get permits if
all they're doing is replacing one tank heater with another one.
We had central heating installed in our hundred-year-old home last year.
Quite a job routing everything through existing voids without tearing
open walls, had a crew on-site for more than two weeks for a 1600 square
foot house. Though the contract said the contractor would get all the
required permits, they forgot to get any of them until after the work
We also had the house jacked up and put in a complete new foundation.
The contractor on that job said he knows a lot of people don't bother
with permits even for something that significant.
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