What will happen if the homeowner/contractor doesn’t get a permit?
Failure to obtain a required permit will result in a Code Compliance Violation being issued. The respondent must then not only go through the normal process of obtaining a permit but will also be required to pay twice the normal permit fee. If a permit is not obtained, the respondent will be brought before the Code Compliance Board. The Code Compliance Board could order a fine that could be as high as $250.00 per day until a permit is obtained and the work is inspected and approved. If the fine is unpaid, it will become a lien to the property that will need to be paid at some time in the future. The unpaid fine will not allow any refinancing or sale of the property. If the property is not homesteaded, the City may choose to foreclose on the unpaid lien. If the work is not permitted, inspected and approved, the City may seek an Unsafe Structures action and force the work to be removed.

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1. Why do I need a permit?
2. What do I need a permit for?
3. What work can I do as a homeowner?
4. Are there any other places to which I must go?
5. What paperwork is required?
6. How long is the review process?
7. What is the inspection process like?
8. What is a red tag?
9. When is the job complete?
10. Hiring a contractor?
11. What will happen if the homeowner/contractor doesn’t get a permit?