Rough In Basement Bathroom Permit Issue

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Posted by: from Scarborough
11/9/2019 at 6:38:01 PM

I bought a condo town home in Scarborough in 1997, about a year after it construction was completed. It had a rough in basement bathroom which I recently decided to complete. The city tells me no permit was issued. Is it possible the rough in was included in the construction permit? In which case why would the city not know? Otherwise, it looks like I will have to rip up the concrete floor which I would rather avoid. Can anyone help please?

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Reza from Mipa Plumbing in Aurora
Date/Time11/10/2019 at 6:02:41 AM

Hi there, i am confused from your question, but let explain you in general. The city always gives permit for any changes and remodeling in your house. The permit is base on your construction plan if you have built washroom and kitchen for sure you need plumbing permit . But most of the houses they have some existing roughing if the basement is finished or not finished but we have change the existing plumbing because you have new remodeling so we need plumbing inspection from the city. I hope you got your answer you call Mipa plumbing anytime for more information 4377767351

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Date/Time11/10/2019 at 8:25:27 AM

Hi there for sure you need permit fom city rough in and finish for plumbing when you did the construction if you ask city for permit in this case you need just for the finish any way for more info 647 7053087 call me any time .Thanks

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Date/Time11/10/2019 at 11:25:20 AM

The wording on your question is a little unclear. It sounds like you are the first owner after construction was completed so nobody else would have installed the rough-in.

Plumbing inspections are normally completed at the rough-in stage. You as a homeowner can obtain full information on the original permit (drawings, inspection reports, etc.) to see if the rough-in was indicated and passed in the original construction.

Finishing the bathroom would require development, building, plumbing & electrical permits.

Don't know why you think you might have to break up the concrete floor; should only be required if there are Code errors in the plumbing (i.e. plumbing vent or connected to storm system). Buried drain lines can always be viewed by camera.

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Date/Time11/10/2019 at 11:28:31 AM

Hi Diane

This unfortunately sounds like a very common case. Basically if you can some how find out

if this rough in was included ( just even in some brief notes) on the original Building Permit Application you will be in the clear.

The more bathrooms you have in a home dictates the end cost of your building permit, so unfortunately this is why many bathrooms are slipped in after the final inspection has been done. If you cannot verify

this in your original permit , you will have to cut the floor and expose the pipes for inspection. If you sell your home in the future and there is a issue with this bathroom

you will be liable if no permit was issued.

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Date/Time11/10/2019 at 12:10:57 PM


You have to verify if this rough in was included in the city permit drawings that been submitted by the builder from the first time which i doubt and it might be too hard to find out. Also in most cases you have to move the current rough in to accommodate the existing condition. You might need to apply for a permit to get this job done as long as you need to build the washroom. It's not complicated as you might imagine

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Diane in Scarborough
Date/Time11/10/2019 at 12:25:54 PM

Thanks for your replies. It looks like a trip to the planning department would be a good move at this stage.

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Date/Time11/12/2019 at 2:25:00 PM


Please contact us directly and we will be able to help you out.



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