Hi Waldo and thanks for your post.
Here's what can happen--and I know this from having worked with a client who bought an REO home that was expanded without permits:
1. The City will notify you of the violation and then inspect the non-conforming item. Typically, the item will be found in noncompliance and the City will require that you remove it by a specific date.
2. If you fail to remove the nonconforming item or fail to make the necessary changes, there will be costs associated with the violation. In San Jose, the cost for community violations is $1000 PER DAY. You don't want to have this happen.
Personally, it's such a very small thing to go the City to request a permit, and the possible repercussions for not doing the right thing are so huge, I can't see any benefit in trying to "out fox" the City by not obtaining the necessary permit. Waldo, don't jeopardize your home or your finances, take the time to get the necessary permit from the city before building or setting up the shed.
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