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Question about Permitting

Posted by seadweller (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 30, 13 at 16:52


We bought a home earlier this year, and took out a permit to do some fairly extensive remodeling. The home has an inside laundry room that was built without a permit, and I'd like to have that space recognized in the official square footage of the home.

I probably should have permitted that during our remodel, but it completely slipped my mind, and we're at the end of our construction. The space was created by simply installing a framed wall to close off the back portion of the garage. The home was originally built with the washer/dryer in the garage, but the slab is level with the rest of the house, so there was a step down in the original garage. I removed the wood paneling on both sides of the framed wall, installed insulation, and new drywall and plaster. The framing would comply with current codes.

Is there a way to somehow permit or officially have this space registered in some way so as to be included in the total living space?


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RE: Question about Permitting

I what way would it be included in the living space? Are you talking about the tax assessment? Do you want to pay more taxes? What is the advantage of getting a permit other than for selling the house later. If that is the issue, you can just draw it and give it to the building department and get it approved.

RE: Question about Permitting

Leave sleeping dogs lie.

Garages are not habitable space.

The municipality you live in will have required minimum standards for covered off-street parking. Should the wall impede that, do you really want to remove it.

Creating a separate enclosed space has required light and ventilation requirements, do you meet them.

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