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Old 09-26-2017, 08:32 PM   #1
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They are to be avoided whenever possible.

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Old 09-26-2017, 08:38 PM   #2
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Agreed...

As long as its not going to come back to bite me or my customer in the azz.
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Absolutely agree.

Until they get rid of about 80% of the code and leave only the parts that promote actual and reasonable safety and get rid of inspectors with oversized egos, I will avoid permits as much as possible.
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I've post our process many times. They make it very hard to get permits. You simply can't compete if you are going to get them. I just told a customer the other day who wanted permits for a recessed light job that I would have to double the price (she told me she wanted the permit after I had given her the price).

I pull permits for things that will benefit the customer. Service upgrades, main panel upgrades, full standby generators. That's just about it. Anything else there is no proof that whatever work I did wasn't there when they bought the place.
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In some jurisdictions you can spend more time getting a permit than you can doing the job.

Some locals have gone to on line permitting and they never follow up for inspections, simplifies life.
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They are to be avoided whenever possible.

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If required? We'll get the permit and have the inspection done.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:24 AM   #7
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Skip them when you can. Waste of money and time!

I recently did a bathroom remodel, plumbing and electric. We tapped the sewer in the yard, $87 permit. Plumbing for one sink, toilet, and shower. $76.50

I was almost done Friday before Labor Day. Needed to plug the drain and fill with water to prove it doesn't leak. Needed to pressure supply lines as well. Planned on coming back Saturday, neatening things up, supporting pipes, nail plates etc.

I needed straps and nail plates but the supply was closed for a three day weekend turns out. I had already called for rough inspection and Monday planned to tell the inspector I didn't finish over the weekend and to reschedule.

He never calls and the homeowner calls me to tell me we passed inspection. Dry, unpressurized lines. Looked at my sewer tap from the window because of the dogs.


Complete waste of money and time to get those permits.
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I avoid whenever possible.
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Avoid whenever possible.

Just extended an existing circuit to a scoreboard, maybe 20 feet and put in a service switch. Just finished up and they said we needed a permit! Lol
It was a football field in twp park and the coach went to building dept and asked if permit was needed!!!
Like they would tell him no? Lol

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Avoid whenever possible.

Just extended an existing circuit to a scoreboard, maybe 20 feet and put in a service switch. Just finished up and they said we needed a permit! Lol
It was a football field in twp park and the coach went to building dept and asked if permit was needed!!!
Like they would tell him no? Lol

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Yeah, I probably would have pulled one given the scope of work since it involves a municipality.
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