Work done without permit

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Posted by: from Ottawa
11/8/2015 at 10:10:06 PM

I purchased a home. Some work was done without permit, now I want to sell my home. Now I'm having a problem because no permit present. What can I do?

Please advise.

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Date/Time11/9/2015 at 12:54:22 AM

If a may ask, what permit are you referring to also what type of work was done on your home.

Joseph B

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Date/Time11/9/2015 at 2:30:32 AM

Hi AK,

You should go to your local city hall and pull a permit.

They will be glad to take your money and also be willing to help with inspections and making things right.

I'm sure you might have to get specific trades and even engineers involved.

But, that is the path you should take.


Wayne Balliet

Project Manager

Builtru Construction

Tel: 604-768-9853

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Ak in Ottawa
Date/Time11/9/2015 at 7:12:03 AM

Thank you for the reply the place is considered a single family home it was converted in to a duplex I was not aware it was done without the proper papers I was very excited to get this place and possibly rent out the basement Fire marshall visited my home made me make the home Fire proof and asked me to get ESA certificate I got all that my neighbour is still telling me that's not enough will the city make me take everything down?

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Date/Time11/9/2015 at 7:12:19 AM

Have the building inspector over, find out what he requires, go to zoning to make sure that you can do the renovation. Then get the permit, all the town or city wants is to be not liable for bad workmanship and that the new owner does not have any problems in the future.


Total General Contracting

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Date/Time11/9/2015 at 7:17:11 AM

I read your reply, if you have an illegal basement apartment, you have to go to zoning and get it changed to multiple dwelling. You will have to install an egress window for two exits from the basement. An esa certificate is supplied by an master electrician and the electrician will get the esa permit for you.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time11/9/2015 at 6:11:58 PM

Your realtor and lawyer should have made you aware of this prior to the purchase.

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Date/Time11/9/2015 at 11:47:53 PM

You will have to get a new permit bring it to current code, which may entail exposing various areas to ensure everything is correct, using proper drywall, heating, electrical and air systems and fire taping/breaks etc.

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Ak in Ottawa
Date/Time4/26/2016 at 9:52:37 PM

Thank u everyone for the replies i have learned that the contractor who tells u permit is not required thats the one everyone should stay away from.

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