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Lsywhite, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

what is the penalty for adding a kitchen without a permit in SF, CA?

Asked by Lsywhite, San Francisco, CA Thu Nov 15, 2007

I added a kitchen in my basement without a permit several years ago in San Francisco, CA. Now inspector will come and inspect. Is there any penalty for it?

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The biggest penalty could be that you might have to remove the kitchen. There could be fines as well. Contact your building and safety department and ask.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2007
9x the cost of taking it down (if it is a single family & u need to take it down)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 1, 2008
Some additional food for thought (pun intended!). Unpermitted work causes a number of problems:
1. The improvement is not insured. Because there is no official record of the work, if there was a fire, for example, during the re-building, there would be no kitchen covered.
2. If there were mistakes made and say, a fire broke out, because the cause of the fire was sub-standard electrical by the owner, you may have more problems.

3. Lastly, when trying to obtain financing for the property the appraiser legally cannot count un-permitted inprovements, so you might have to lower your price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2007
Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
If your building is zoned for single family they will likely make you take it out. If the building is zoned for more then single family you might have to bring it up to code.
You can contact the building department and ask questions without identifying yourself. Call and ask them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2007
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Yep. You could be forced to abate (remove) the illegal kitchen. Inetestingly, if you have that illegal unit rented out, it is subject to rent control, even though it is not legal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2007
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