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Question DetailsAsked on 9/22/2014

Who is responsible to get a Permit to do electrical work for re-inspection by County-inspector ?

Property sold & needs to be up to Code for Inspector - Several Safety - Issues with bare & exposed Wires , Shut - Off for Hot Water-tank , A/C shut-off & a few other Problems , Licensed Company to do Repairs , Estimated Cost : $ 1400.00

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If you are the new home owner you can get a self work permit to get the violations removed then you can call for an inspection

Answered 6 years ago by Raymond Gonzalez


I am reading this differently than Ray Gonzales - I read it as you, the current SELLING homeowner, need upgrades done by an Electrician to be able to pass buyer's home inspection (or inspector flagged these items as needing repair).

Technical and by the law, in most but not all areas, the property owner is ultimately responsible for permits. However, contractors commonly are the ones who get them. It should be spelled out in the contract who is actually contractualy responsible for them, and for a simple on-call service call to bring some items up to snuff which might be based on a quick on-spot estimate like you probbly got, if it was not spelled out in the estimate otherwise, his cost should include all items and materials and labor necessary to complete the work lewgally - including permit and any rework needed to pass inspection.

In lieu of specific provisions otherwise, the courts generally (of course, never so simple as to be ALWAYS) hold the landowner responsible for obtaining required precedent permits and accessauthorities such as land use, historic preservation, planning and zoning, wetlands, etc) for a job and for providing reasonable access to the worksite, and to provide reasonable access to existing on-site available landowner-owned utilities such as water, sewer, electricity etc - to the extent it is already onsite and suitable for contractor's use (quality of water, power voltage and amperage capacity, etc). Generally, ALL other items needed to perform the work includding building permits and inspection fees are considered part of the work you contracted out, and are the responsibility of the contractor.

However, as I said, this is not always considered the case, and there are some gray areas at times - such as onstreet parking permits, street or sidewalk blockage or digging permits, aircraft flight path obstruction permits, hazardous waste operation permits, etc that sometimes go one way, sometimes other - so best handled specifically in contracts. Generally, the courts have held that "preparatory" permits and access/easement rights and such as are needed to in any way begin work are the property owners responsibility (though getting them can certainly be made the contractual responsibility of project manager, architect, engineer, or contractor by specific contractual terms); and those permits and costs directly related to the work actually being done (like building permit, borrow pit or landfill permit, hazardous waste disposal permit or fees, road use permits and fees like for oversize loads, building inspection or regulatory fees or taxes (except for owner responsibility permits) are the contractor's responsibility and expense (though certainly should be included in his cost estimate and bid).

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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