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 When Building Departments become aware that work has been done on a house, for instance a kitchen remodel or an added bath that has been done without a building permit, they will often issue a red-tag or code violation notice.  This document will stay with the property records until the work has been legalized.

Often this doesn’t become a big issue until the property is put up for sale.  But if the title search reveals a building or planning code violation, most banks will decline financing, and this becomes a hindrance to an easy sale.

David Hirzel can help.

If the work was properly designed with a knowledge of building and planning codes, and competently constructed, a drawing that shows what was done (and that it does indeed conform to the local codes) may be the only thing needed.  After all, the purpose of these codes is to ensure the health and safety of the occupants of the house, and the surrounding community.  This is a good thing.

If the design and construction was less than entirely professional, some aspects of the construction may need to be redone, again to ensure health and safety.  If there are no significant structural issues or planning violations, the remodel may possibly be brought up to code with a minimal amount of work and expense.

Depending on the nature of the violation and the extent of the work done, even larger additions and alterations may be brought into conformance.

The rules that govern what may or may not be done are complex.  David Hirzel has been a residential building designer working with local jurisdiction throughout the greater Bay Area since 1988.  We can go to work for you today, to help resolve red-tag and code violations on your property.



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