This happens all of the time so don't worry about it & take care of it from now. Just be honest & up front about it when you contact your local building dept at the municipal building & tell them what you did & that you were not aware that you needed to get approvals before the conversion. They will most likely tell you that you have to go in person fill out applications for electric, plumbing & building permits where you will need to describe the work that was done, include a sketch of what it looks like w/ dimensions & then they will review it. they will follow up with an in home inspection of the work, If the work was done correctly they will tell you what fees have to be paid to get approved permits. If it was not done correctly you will have to redo the work to their building codes & have it reinspected & pay the fees & then you are in the clear. Good luck!
What do you suggest to the person? The work is done.
Do you suggest taht they just move on and forget abbout it? What else can this person do other than getting the permits after the fact?
I am thinking you did not read the question.
I agree with getting the permit (please be advised that there may be some consequences of getting them after the fact in fines).
I'm with the get the permits crowd. Either way, they will be required upon resale and most certainly your taxes will increase for the added features to the home.
Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
When you go to sell, the sellers' disclosure asks if you have applied for and received permits to get all the work done to show that you followed the law and the work was performed to code. You might as well bite the bullet now, rather than have it come up when you are trying to sell and the buyers think you were trying to hide something. Go to the town and apply for the permits.