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Question DetailsAsked on 7/14/2014

the previous owner changed the garage into a bedroom without a permit do I get the county to approve it.

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Depending on where you are and local code regulations/ordinances:

1) Check local code requirements as to whether it required a permit - if did not affect structural it may not have required one IF he did the work himself, even if it included electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.

2) have an architect work up conforming plans to detail the changes and to bring any deficient items up to code, then apply for a permit to "complete" the work and passinspection. May well require removing a bunch (or maybe all) drywall so plumbing and wiring and such can be inspected.

3) talk to building department yourself about getting an after-the-fact permit (making clear this was done before you bought the house), and providing openings as they want for inspection. Plan on paying about double or triple permit fee as a penalty, though in many areas they waive the penalty for owners trapped in something not of their doing like you are.

4) If you can prove the prior owner is the one who did it, talk to your Realtor about whether you have any chance of going back against him for the added cost for the retroactive inspection and repair of damages necessary to pass it.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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