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Garfield, Home Buyer in 11554

How can I find out if there are open permits on a house I am buying?

Asked by Garfield, 11554 Thu May 24, 2012

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Check with the town building and zoning department...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
Like the other responders said.....check with your building department or on-line public records to see if there are open permits. However I don't support one of the responders idea of finding a lender who will accept a property with open permits. The whole idea of getting a permit is to protect the owner and insure that the contractor built the room or additon to "Code" and withing village zoning ordinances. If there are open permits, the building dept. will arrange to inspect the work done and then if the work complies with existing codes, they will send you the "CC" (Certificate of Completion). It's that simple. If the work does not comply with codes, then the seller would be responsible to correct any work deemed unacceptable by the building dept codes. Then you, the buyer will be protected and not adopt problems for when you want to sell. Permits are necessary for a good reason!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 14, 2012
Typically the way to search for open permits would be through the Building Department/Public Records. In Nassau most of the information you have to go in person and research. In the 5 Boroughs you can access almost everything through the Building Department website.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 20, 2012
Typically no. You might find a lender, via a mortgage broker, that may not make a issue of the missing permits.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 30, 2012
if a house has a room with decks and no permits C/O's can a mortgage be obtained?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
Hi, You can contact the local building dept directly. Some people do improvements with filing for permits so have a look at the property card as well to see what the town has listed.

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
Go to the town and ask. That's public information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
Talk to the local building department. They will be able to tell you what permits were pulled for the property and whether they were all closed or some are still open.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
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