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Question DetailsAsked on 8/15/2015

What should I do if our contractor did not pull a permit to finish our basement?

We hired a contractor to finish our basement who we asked to pull a permit and later found out that he did not pull one "saying we didn't need it". What would we do now? The work is completed and the contractor us of course gone and unwilling to help in any way. I live in Strasburg, Colorado.

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I'd call them , and tell them if they don't you will call the building dept.. If they don't ,call the building dept..


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


You can find a number of prior responses to that question right below this answer (when you are logged in), also by putting the word "permit" into the Ask box and clicking on the pertinent suggested links that come up.

Check with your building department first (commonly website has info) on whether a permit is required - commonly, if only architectural finishes (drywall or panelling, paint, floor coverings, window coverings, sometimes siding and roofing etc) a permit is not required. Clearly, if structural or life safety elements or plumbing/electrical/HVAC were involved, in most areas that does require a permit if done by a contractor.

If one was required, you could contact his bonding company - "call" his bond - to have them get the work inspected and reworked as necessary to pass, with the work done by another contractor using the surety bond money.

You could also contact local permit office and throw yourself on their mercy and explain the situation (which will get them on his case too) - they may waive the permit penalties (though not the permitfee or taxes), but you will still ahve to pass the inspections, which in some cases requires removing some of the drywall and with nasty inspectors sometimes tub/shower enclosures so they can inspect critical items.

Also, if a permit was required and he did not pull it, an appropriate Review on AL would be in ordert. You can also file a complaint with the state contractor licensing board - won't help you directly, but might get him fined or his license suspended or pulled so others don't get in trouble because of this.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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