Vera, Both Buyer and Seller in New York County, NY

Can I get a building permit by myself?

Asked by Vera, New York County, NY Tue Dec 18, 2012

I have a bad experience with an Engineer, I hired to get a building permit in New York state. I paid lots money, but he did not get any permits. Can I fix what he did?Can I get a building permit by myself or must hire somebody? If I must hire where can I such a good engineer I can trust?

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It may be easier to hire a professional, however why not simply begin by contacting the local building's department and see exactly what needs to be done, then decide....
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 19, 2012
You can get a building permit by yourself in New York depending on municipality. If you are any were in the five boroughs I would recommend using a permit expediting company for the permit process. The New York City Department of building is difficult to navigate and items can be overlooked. If you are hire an architect to file on your behalf start at the local building department and ask who submits a lot of drawing to them. They typically will not recommend someone but steer you in the right direction.
If your engineer issued drawings you can use them to file for your permitting process. In addition some towns or counties do not allow work to be self- performed you must be a licensed contractor. Putnam county NY requires a licensed electrical contractor to perform any type of electrical work. I would get in touch with current engineer and send a letter of nonperformance and copy the state licensing board if he does not respond. I would give the engineer time to respond prior to sending letter to the state so you have a chance to recover some funds.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 10, 2013
Hi Vera: I like Anna's answer. Check with the appropriate building authority. That said, I would be surprised if you were not able to pull your own permit. Owners can pull permits in all the areas I have lived. But the project must be finished to code. One other thing. If you are hiring an engineer, it suggests to me that there are some structural issues involved. Repairing or altering the structure is usually beyond the expertise of most homeowners, so even if you do pull the permit, you will probably need an engineer and a qualified contractor.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 19, 2012
A licensed contractor has to pull the permit and sign off when the job is done
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 19, 2012
Hi, Joseph is right, typically the contractor opens and closes the permits. I would go directly to town hall with that question...

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William Raveis Legends Realty Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 19, 2012
Not sure about ny state, but I know usually in nyc. THe contractor pulls out permits.
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