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Old 05-16-2019, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
I guess not...it was 5 years ago and they just did a reassessment for our whole county. It shows up on the tax bill, which is probably all they care about...
Hope they keep missing it for your sake. I know more than a few people that have gotten hammered hard a few yrs later after doing what you did.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:50 PM
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I paid $153 for the structural, electrical and roof on an addition I put on the house Lee County Fl. The inspections were all on time and the guys were easy to work with. They even let me E-mail them a picture for a correction sio I did not have to reschedule concrete.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:51 PM
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You guys do understand that one of the MAJOR reasons for permits is so they have a notice so they can forward to the real estate assessors office to raise your value to tax you more right?

In some instances I would build first, ask for permission later....if needed.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:07 PM
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Hope they keep missing it for your sake. I know more than a few people that have gotten hammered hard a few yrs later after doing what you did.
Maybe, but the fine for an after the fact permit is 2x the original cost.

I don't lose sleep over it.. It's a detached pole barn.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark Y View Post
Hope they keep missing it for your sake. I know more than a few people that have gotten hammered hard a few yrs later after doing what you did.
all depends on what you build and where! asshole neighbors do not help either
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
all depends on what you build and where! asshole neighbors do not help either
Yeah this is out in the county...asked the neighbors before I bought any material.

If it was a home addition...no way in hell I wouldn't pull permits (we have an unpermitted addition...purchased that way.)
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:49 PM
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Last I checked CT was a democrat controlled state, they tend to be worse on taxes than republican states. The pubs are however trying to catch up when it comes to bilking taxpayers.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
In Alabama outside of city limits, there are no building permits. We just build whatever we want as there are no building standards. Give the Property Assessor pictures and copies of the bills, and he assesses you. Only inspection is on a septic tank to see if it percs. Most builders do go by national building codes, however.

I'm building a 24 x 36 boat barn right now at my lake house. I'm thinking about putting a 3500 watt inverter generator in it--and not even hooking to the power grid. I could also go the solar route and LED lighting inside. Almost all power tools I now use are lithium powered anyway. I do have 2 long extension cords that can be hooked up to the house if I really need electricity up there.
Depends on what County you are in............Always check because it is changing all the time.

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Old 05-16-2019, 04:42 PM
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Don't confuse building permits with impact fees.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:46 PM
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Last project was Two 2000ft2 town homes in Philly. $500k value each, building permits were around $900 then add in another 1-200 each for sprinkler/HVAC/Plumbing/Electrical so around $1600 total per unit.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:55 PM
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Just finished my metal 40 'x 40 ' R.V. portal with a 12' x 30 ' enclosed section with bathroom here in North Alabama. Only permit required by county was septic tank permit , $75.00 and a perk test $350.00. Did my own plumbing and electric. Power co-op came out and hooked me up and said that they did not care what / how I did the electric as long as their end was done correctly. When I did ask the county what I needed to build this, they said no building permits were required except for the septic/ perk test. Everything went well and I have my building . They will come out to access the building for taxes. I took 1 acre out of the 45 acres for a home site, the rest will stay in aguicuture ,corn this year.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Yeah this is out in the county...asked the neighbors before I bought any material.

If it was a home addition...no way in hell I wouldn't pull permits (we have an unpermitted addition...purchased that way.)
I used to live off of 231 in Wendell in Johnston, but in 2008 we moved to Buffaloe Rd / I540 area.

We bought in 2008, our detached garage was built in 2003 with our house, but the permit was apparently never closed for the detached garage. In 2013 I went to pull an electrical permit to install a 65A sub panel for the garage. The permitting office said "you don't have a detached garage", to which my reply was "yes I do." She said "there is no record of it in our system", I replied "I've been paying taxes on it since I bought the house in 2008", her exact words reply was "that's a different department, we don't talk to them".

After looking in the GIS system they could see the garage had been there since the beginning and before it was deeded in my name, so they waived the permit fee, but I had to re-permit the whole structure.

I suspect they will never know or care about a pole barn.

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Old 05-20-2019, 03:57 PM
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I'm in Suffolk Va and when I built a garage the permit fee was pretty cheap. Now getting it approved with the Chesapeake Bay Act was another story.
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by whalerboy View Post
I used to live off of 231 in Wendell in Johnston, but in 2008 we moved to Buffaloe Rd / I540 area.

We bought in 2008, our detached garage was built in 2003 with our house, but the permit was apparently never closed for the detached garage. In 2013 I went to pull an electrical permit to install a 65A sub panel for the garage. The permitting office said "you don't have a detached garage", to which my reply was "yes I do." She said "there is no record of it in our system", I replied "I've been paying taxes on it since I bought the house in 2008", her exact words reply was "that's a different department, we don't talk to them".

After looking in the GIS system they could see the garage had been there since the beginning and before it was deeded in my name, so they waived the permit fee, but I had to re-permit the whole structure.

I suspect they will never know or care about a pole barn.
Yup...I don't think they'll ever know or care about a detached pole barn in the county.

They got their tax revenue bump for it.

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:50 PM
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I never get permits anymore. Pain in the ass.

When I actually did get permits on 2 occassions. Both times the county folks got lost driving my property and were very nosy while they were here.
Total snoopers.
Never again.

Folks tell me I'll have a hell of a time selling. Nope, going to die here. That will be my kiddo's problem.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:32 AM
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those of you saying state is imposing the fee are wrong im pretty sure its the town

many towns charge $10 per $1000
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:21 AM
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Florida contracting went to hell after hurricane Andrew. Permitting has gotten stupid expensive and complicated. I haven't permitted a job in years because I don't want to deal with the bastards. There are more unlicensed "contractors" than licensed ones, but the licensed ones are who the building department picks on.

Takes $200 worth of permits to change a $300 water heater. Stupid, overbearing, expensive, UNNECESSARY!
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I never get permits anymore. Pain in the ass.

When I actually did get permits on 2 occassions. Both times the county folks got lost driving my property and were very nosy while they were here.
Total snoopers.
Never again.

Folks tell me I'll have a hell of a time selling. Nope, going to die here. That will be my kiddo's problem.
You wouldn't have a problem selling (unless the laws are different). We bought our house with an unpermitted addition. I didn't care. It was up to code minus some underpinning for the HVAC ducts. Was about $1200 to get the after the fact permits and do the work, so I asked for that to be knocked off the price.

Haven't touched it in 7 years.

When we go to sell, some dude isn't going to give a crap that the huge pole barn isn't permitted. He's going to be excited to have a shelter to keep his crap under.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:28 AM
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When we bought our house in 2008, I knew the upstairs had been finished without having pulled a permit. We refused to pay any money for the un-permitted square footage upstairs (about 1150 sq ft) and we offered $105k less than asking price because it was not permitted and basically getting a CO on a retro permit was a gamble. The seller was a bank and they accepted our offer. We were able to jump through some hoops and get the upstairs permitted without having to cut too much wallboard. I think the bank didn't have any offers because of the permitting problems, exacerbated by the bad economy.

If your construction adds square footage at many $/sqft, then you are better off permitting, but for repairs and upgrades, I see no point.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Agricultural zoning??
Yep. If you live in AG area and you want to build a barn for AG use, no permit is required. Same deal where I live.
Some folks stretch AG use a little
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