What happens if I don't get a permit / inspection for my new bathroom?
November 20, 2008 10:27 AM Subscribe
As part of a home remodeling project, I'm having a second bathroom installed. Officially, I'm supposed to get a permit and inspection for the work. What are the consequences if I skip this? This is in Seattle.
posted by molybdenum to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background, if you want context: immediately after the plumber puts in the ground work, I'm having a waterproofing company install a below-floor drainage pipe that empties to the sewer. The waterproofing people advised me that this step does not in itself require a permit / inspection, but if it is inspected, it will not pass, because private homes aren't allowed to empty rainwater into the sewer system. The volume of water is so low, he says, that it's negligible, but the law is still on the books. So he said we should get the bathroom ground work inspected first, and then have his company come in. That was the plan, but now, because of scheduling delays, I will probably not have the chance to have an inspector in after the plumbers are done, but before the waterproofers come in.
So I'm tempted to just skip the whole permit / inspection thing. But I'm wondering if that'll bite me in the ass later. Both of the companies seem reputable (the waterproofer did the same work for my neighbor, and she's satisfied with it), so I'm not worried about the inspection as a form of protection. Just wondering if this will have consequences if I try to sell the house, or something.