We applied for a permit for our fence & deck but assumed it would be approved so we went ahead & built it all.. well it was denied what now?

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  • John
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    I will add that there are inspectors who just drive around looking for things like that. Don't take this lightly.

  • 5 months ago

    Go to the town and ASK WHY your permit was denied. You may have not obeyed boundary set backs or provided the proper deck footing technique. Maybe the rails are not high enough. Whatever the reason, find out and make the corrections.

    Also, if your property taxes are not current, your permit can be denied.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Denied means you can't build it, so you "disassemble it". "You do it -so you can save the materials & this time "Apply for a Permit & wait" If they deny you, you can find out "WHY" and make the necessary modifications to your plans to be acceptable by the city so you can build some version of your plan...so all is not lost. At least you have the materials, not a pile of splinters.

    Otherwise the city boys will come out and TEAR IT DOWN. It does not belong there so city does not need the materials so it is broken up as junk. It will be loaded into a dump truck and hauled to the dump. You are paying city workers their wages plus the cost of the equipment(dump truck & backhoe)use and it comes out of your city taxes if not directly out of your wallet. So a lot of associated costs (dumping fees, use of truck, truck driver, back hoe and back hoe operator and you are not compensated for anything.

    YOU DON'T FAWK WITH THE CITY (does not matter if you a home owner or big time contractor; both fall under the same rules and penalties.

    My contractor did more demolition than he had stated on his permit...it cost him 6 months of STOP WORK on the project...as city inspectors just happened to drive around to check out projects to check for compliance violations. (many contractors are just hoping they don't get caught, so are gambling.) The owners of the residence were kept out for that much longer.

    On a different job, because the builder did not apply for a permit. They tore the completed house down. City workers do not mess around.

    By all means, go out and hire a Lawyer. You will have to pay his wages too, because he can NOT do anything. But he will charge you for that.

  • 5 months ago

    local guvmimt might demand you tear it down,,pay a fine,get a plan,their approval,pay another fee for permits

    blahblahblah

    • John P
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      In Britain, in a small town in the countryside recently, a man had to demolish a "games room" which incorporated a bowling alley etc (i.e. not a small room) because he had built it without planning permission. Tens of thousands of pounds (or dollars) wasted.

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  • chris
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    In NJ., to build a deck, you have to submit a drawing (blueprint). Once it is approved, you dig the holes for the footers and wait for the first inspection. (If you pour the concrete footings before it is inspected, they have no way of telling if you did it right. This causes 90% of violations)

    After the deck is done, you call for the final inspection to make sure you built it according to the print.

    Without permits, apart from being fined or forced to remove it, Your homeowners insurance does not have to cover it even if someone falls off it and dies. Big risk for saving a little time!

  • Eva
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    They can make you take it down. Didn't anyone tell you that you have to post the permit while the work is being done? Why was it denied? Perhaps you can fix the issue and refile for the permit.

    • Ryleigh5 months agoReport

      We have always lived in the country and never got permits for anything so we through it would be fine. It was denied because it was our side yard but our neighbor has a fence in the exact same spot in their yard? And the deck was 12 feet and I guess it could only be 10 feet?

  • 5 months ago

    If someone complains or they find out by some other means you'll probably be ordered to demolish it and be penalised too.

  • drip
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    We had to have a permit on display in our front window before we could start building. Then they came out for one inspection while it was being built,. By us you could be fined for building without a permit.

    Now you need to find out why you were denied and if it can be fixed.

    • drip
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      This is very common. It is to ensure that what ever you do is up to code and safe. Just last month a two story deck collapsed and injured several people. Most went to the hospital. The deck wasn’t up to code. Never have a permit to build it and it was never inspected.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    An intelligent person would have waited to see if the permit was approved before building.

    • Edwena
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      A permit is often required to be sure that the work is added to the tax roles. It is more of tax requirement than a construction requirement. If so, you can probably get a permit after the deck is built with the appropriate apologies. It depends upon the attitude of your local government.

  • Fuhr
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Now you get to tear down all your hard work!

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