Re: Do I need a permit?
Another purpose of permits is to ensure that property tax assessments are updated according to the value of the work performed.
I can see the value of permitting and inspection in commercial construction and multifamily dwellings, as the people served by those facilities do not have the ability to observe the safety and workmanship of the construction nor do they have the ability to choose their risk. However, for DIY work performed by an owner-occupant, the risk is entirely on himself (and his insurance company) and no permit or inspection should be necessary (but it should still be an option). If his insurance company drops coverage because of failure to seek inspection, that's his problem. As for resale, it's incumbent upon the buyer to ensure the safety and workmanship of construction of the home being considered for purchase.
Even if a home was constructed with proper permits and reliable inspections, that's no guarantee that it is safe. What may have been "to code" 30 years ago may now be considered unsafe or may be failing due to age.
Last edited by Fencepost; 12-09-2012 at 01:44 AM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.