A work without a permit violation may be disputed at an Environmental Control Hearing. However, if you know the work was done without a permit, you will likely be found guilty and will have to pay a fine. You may also admit to committing the violation yourself, or for the previous owner of the building.
However, if you are found to be in-violation of the municipal code or zoning ordinance, you will be required to correct the violating condition. In this case, you are required to obtain a permit.
Obtaining a permit is a fairly complicated process, as described below. To simplify getting a permit to correct a violating condition, we created our proprietary web app Building Violation Expediter.
The process for obtaining a permit to correct a violating condition in your building will depend on your location and the specific type of violation you are addressing. In general, you will need to contact your local building department or zoning board to determine what permits are required and how to apply for them. However, if you simply enter the violation address in to our Building Violation Expediter, it will match your address with your local registered and licensed Pros that will identify the permit you need and procure it’s issuance by the local construction authority.
Building Violation Expediter eliminates the need for you to contact your local building department or zoning board to determine what permits are required to correct the violating condition. You can usually find contact information for these agencies on your local government’s website, but our local Pros already have that information.
Here are the steps that a building violation professional should do to provide a permit for work without a permit:
1. Submit an application for the necessary permits. The application will typically require detailed information about the proposed work, including plans and specifications.
2. Help you facilitate payment of any required fees associated with the permit application.
3. Present the pans to a plan examination for the permit to be approved. This may involve an inspection of the property to ensure that the proposed work complies with local building codes and zoning regulations.
4. Once the permit is approved, it is issued to a general contactor of your choosing; And you can begin the work to correct the violating condition.
Note that Building Violation Expediter uses local Pros and therefore conscious of the specifics of the process that will vary depending on your location, the type of violation, and the scope of the work required. The Pros are registered building violation professionals who do important work closely with your local building department or zoning board throughout the process to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.