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Question DetailsAsked on 5/24/2016

I removed a wall from my home and added a range hood to my stove without a permit, am I in trouble?

I am trying to resale my home but I was told by my realtor, the same one that sold me the house, that I needed a permit to do these changes, which I didn't have. Could I get a permit AFTER having done the changes? Putting the wall back up could be very expensive. My husband knows construction and did everything, he doesn't have a license, though.
I also added decorative mosaic to my kitchen which the realtor says I needed a permit for that as well. I installed a ceiling fan in my dining room which of course required electrical wiring.

Are we in a lot of trouble? Do we have options?
We live in the state of Colorado.

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Probably not a terrible amount of trouble, though may cost a bit more than if you had gotten the permit up front, and in some areas (generally the ones using the permit process for fundraising rather than safety purposes) they can get nasty about it.


--Below are links to a bunch of similar questions (some more significant than yours) with answers FYI - generally, structural changes (including taking out a wall, especially if structural), electrical, plumbing, HVAC changes need a permit - though in various areas it is limited to certain types of work, over a certain fairly small amount (from $200-2000 are the range I have seen for no-permit work), and some states/cities have some exemptions for DIY work - like in my area a homeowner in residence (not a landlord) can do pretty much anything not increasing the footprint or roof height themselves without a permit.---Basically, check out the local building or permit department website for types of work needing a permit (for instance, except in areas charging for permits based on job $ amount) putting up tile, painting, reflooring is generally NOT a permit-required item. Nor generally is changing out a fixture, if there was wiring to the fan before and you did not have to rewire to the switch because it has both lights and fan. Check specifically if they have a DIY exemption for homeowners. Then, if unclear, you could call the department (maybe from a phone other than your own if you want to stay anonymous) and ask for clarification of what you need to do.--- - sorry about all the dashes, but the AL computer is haywire or drunk again and is stripping out all paragraph breaks and periods - each set of 3 dashes is a paragraph break, if you want to copy and paste and add Returns at each one of those for readabilitiy.)

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