Not permitted in LA County: How do I make it right?
September 10, 2013 7:36 AM Subscribe
We've done some remodeling without permits in Los Angeles County over the past two years. What should I know and how should I prepare before attempting to get after-the-fact permits?
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We remodeled our bathroom, changing around the plumbing. We also replaced and added some windows, and insulated and drywalled our garage.
There is one non-permitted part of the house that we think might not up to code, but we really like this part of the house. That is why we didn't permit the more recent things. However, I want to do work on our second bathroom, and it's making me increasingly nervous to go without permits.
I was advised that the part of the house that is not up to code (over-large windows) could be assessed by an engineer and okayed somehow, so we wouldn't have to lose it. I am really worried that the whole thing will balloon out of control in both cost and time. How do I get a realistic idea of what I'd be getting into if I started this process? Who is the right professional to consult? Real estate agent? Real estate lawyer? Architect? Any information based on personal experience would also be useful. Anything I should definitely *not* do?