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Expired building permits

September 27th, 2012 4 comments

One of my pet peeves are building permits that don’t have a set expiration date.  Most of the building codes have their permits expire 180 days after no work is done.  However, this leaves open the potential for a permit to last a long time.  For example, if a person pounds in a couple of nails every other month, it would be tough to prove in court that the permit expired.  Recently, inspectors in my area did a survey to see what various jurisdictions did with permit expirations.  I particularly liked Crystal Lake, IL’s approach.  A permit for commercial construction lasts 1 year and a residential one lasts 6 months.  In addition, there is a provision for a special permit with specific conditions.  That would be very useful in a situation where a builder has been remiss in moving a project along.  Recently, I had a case where as a condition of a sentence, the defendant agreed to a timeline of construction.  It was not part of the permit because there was no provision for such a thing.  It would have been helpful if the permit could have been issued with specific deadlines.  The Crystal Lake ordinance also has provisions for extensions.  I would rather see a set expiration date with a possibility of an extension rather than have to guess when a permit expired.

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