Asked by Charlie C, San Francisco, CA • Mon Nov 26, 2007
I've seen a number of real estate agents discuss the need to get a permit in San Francisco for work done. On the other hand, folklore among homeowners - discuss the issue of increased time, costs and hassles of getting quality work done - and - most importantly - getting cited for work that wasn't previously permitted. With houses that are over 100 years old - this becomes the biggest issue - as many over the years have refinished storage rooms, attics, etc.
When one remodels a bathroom or kitchen - one can replace floors, sinks, counters, cabinets, etc. without a permit. Are buyers in SF really asking about permits for updated kitchens, bathrooms, etc.? Is the folklore about getting cited for prior unpermitted work true - or have they changed the situation to get more people to do things by permit? What about doing quality unpermitted work with an external third party inspector signing off on the work instead?
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