Monday, April 24, 2006

Building Permits

Looks like the Times- Standard didn’t bother to make the story available online, but today’s paper has a story on some city council business in Trinidad that kind of gets me going:

Councildude, Dean Heyenga wants to give residents a discount on the permit fee residents need to pay for installing solar equipment. Well, good for him.

I never really thought much about the subject of building permits until I had a new roof put on my house some years ago. I forget how much the permit was. It was a percentage of the cost of the job and, for me, was a sizeable amount of money.

Why people have to pay for a building permit and then have someone, who might well know less about construction than the guy doing the work, come and inspect it, is something most people just accept. I don’t.


At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know one person who didn't bother with a building permit and that is Rob Arkley when he did the work on the building that houses the Eureka Reporter. But then the laws for the rest of us don't apply to him.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Fred said...

No. Others might well have done the same thing. I can think of one, that did.

So what?

At 7:11 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ did lots of construction in the county area with NEVER a building permit (or improvement tax) Ha Ha.

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Someone told me that, years ago, the county would have planes go up and take aireal photographs of the ground. Then, they'd compare them to the same areas the year before. If they found a building that wasn't there the year before, and no permit had been filed, they'd go after the guy.

He said they stopped doing that for lack of funding.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

It was not cost effective because the areas of the county not served by public utilities are "owner builder" zones. The permits are for tax purposes only and there are no inspections. The folks down river from Weitchpec therefore (except for tribal projects) seldom obtain permits and ascessors are in fear of bodily harm or worse if they travel unescorted by tribal police or sheriff's personnel.



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