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Old 01-02-2017, 12:01 PM
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Default Boat Lift Install Questions.

Had a boat lift installed and the contractor didn't pull a permit. Now I'm pulling the permit after the fact. Can I have an electrician run power to and wire the lift motors while waiting on the permit for the lift? Does the electrician pull a separate permit for the electrical?
Old 01-02-2017, 12:17 PM
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I think that is a local question. In my area the permit is required for the lift construction. There was no permit required for the electrical, and no inspection when completed.

Your violation occurred when the lift was constructed without the permit. Adding the power makes no difference to your violation status. Again, that is how it would work in my area. No idea how it works in your area.
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A good, reputable licensed electrician will not start work without the proper permits in place, it is illegal and most don't want to risk it. I just had a lift installed and the installer pulled the permit and added the electrician onto the permit as it was the electrician he recommended and works with all the time. He said that I had the option to use any electrician I wanted, but they would have to pull their own permit.

When I pull permits for houses, I pull permits for electrical, plumbing and everything else at the same time as I use the same people all the time and they have all provided me with their license numbers, copies of insurance, etc. People that aren't used on every job (windows, ac, garage doors, etc) pull their own permits.

Don't know where your located, but I would not do anything to the lift until it has been permitted as you may be wasting your money. In my area (Pinellas County, FL), they can make you remove the lift or any construction that was completed prior to the permit being pulled.

Don't know where your located, but since the lift was installed without a permit, you may try to find an electrician that will do the electric without a permit and fore go the permit all together. Sometimes it is easier to play stupid and ask for forgiveness than get permission.
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I'm in Hillsborough County. Yea, there's always that possibility that they could make me remove or relocate the lift, but either way I need 220 run out there. I've gotten a few quotes from licensed electricians, but everyone of the quotes doesn't specify anything about pulling a permit.
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I had to pull a lift and electrical permit , my lift was in and boat on it before they came to inspect.
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I wouldn't worry about the electrical permit, I would worry about the state permit. They are the ones that could make you remove it.
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Here in Florida it is a must for an electric permit.
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In Alabama, we have no building codes or inspections. But since I'm on TVA water, any change to an existing dock or boathouse requires an environmental impact study, blueprints, maps where it's located. After $200 payment for a TVA permit, we can get a lift approved in 60-90 days from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

After the lift is installed, we take a picture and bill to the tax assessor who increases our property taxes slightly for the addition.

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