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Question DetailsAsked on 3/17/2016

proof of permit on room addition

how do I find out if an addition was done lawfully

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Go to your local (City if in city limits, otherwise County) building department permits office - they can show you the file on your house and probably give you copies of prior permits. Generally, the Planning and Zoning approval will be on the permit, but maybe not - may have to go there too.

Building division deals basically in life safety - so safe and adequate construction to code.

Planning and Zoning basically deals with whether the project conforms to Zoning restrictions, property line setbacks, maximum height limitations, septic system sizing (which varies by number of bedrooms usually), environmental compliance and permitting clearance (though those are usually actually permitted by other agencies), and any other restrictions on construction in your area.

Here are a couple of links on retroactive permitting, if you get into that situation:

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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