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How to find an architect for a very small job in Boston

I need an architect to draw a very simple plan for a building permit. The project is an outdoor, first-floor deck. The two architects my contractor knows weren't interested, presumably because the job is too small for them. How do I find the right person or company for this? [more inside]
posted by john hadron collider on Dec 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Permits, Inspections, Oh My, Oh My.

I installed a hot water heater, and I don't want to screw up the paperwork.. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for any good statistics related to building unpermitted housing.

So what I'm looking for is any national statistics (or as close as I can get) on the area of building unpermitted additions on housing. As in guy buys a home. Guy moves in and discover that third bedroom he built is unpermitted. Or that connected treehouse. Or the homemade bomb shelter. thoughts on where I could find such things?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 26, 2015 - 3 answers

What I should know about adding a shower to a half-bath in NYC?

I live in a 1.5 bath NYC condo. The half-bath is large enough to accommodate installation of a small shower stall, without requiring relocation of the existing sink and toilet. I've received approval from the building's board to begin this process and the owner of the vacant commercial space below me will allow access for the simple drain installation but, before I retain an architect ($$), I would appreciate input, in general, on what I can expect from the city permit process (permits required, cost, time) and advance notice of any other issues I should be aware of before embarking on this road? Thank you.
posted by mbx on Jan 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Not permitted in LA County: How do I make it right?

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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 11 answers

How to submit an original document from 5,000+ miles away

I'm a photographer, and next Thursday I'm planning to shoot a fashion editorial in San Francisco. Being a smart cookie, I want to get a permit to shoot so that I don't get stopped, or arrested or, well, anything else nasty. But apparently I must submit the documents in person. What, if anything, can I do? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

DIY architecture

What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Boozin' and Gamblin' in an unlicensed venue.

How can I set up a party with boozin', gamblin', and charity fundraisin' in a privately owned commercial space without bringing the wrath of the state of Illinois down upon us all? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Dec 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I demolish these stairs? They might be required for egress.

A question for California architects and builders and city permit experts -- are there egress options I don't know about? Can I demolish a (worthless) egress staircase and rebuild it later? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Yosemite Half Dome Permit Help!

Yosemite Half Dome hiking permits!? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jun 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Everyone told us this never happens ...

Our unpermitted bathroom remodel, currently ongoing, has been reported to the city. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 - 23 answers

Grilling in DC sans permits?

Where can we grill outdoors, in a park-setting, in DC or Arlington -- without permits or law enforcement getting involved? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on May 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Get me some certs

What are some unusual certifications/licenses I can get? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Jan 21, 2009 - 30 answers

Permits for street performance in Berlin

Do I need a permit to busk in Germany? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Dec 4, 2008 - 2 answers

Parking a PODS/you-pack moving container in Brooklyn?

How do I get space to park a you-pack moving container (think PODS) in Brooklyn? I'm moving to New York from DC for a new job in a few weeks. I'm moving the bulk of my stuff using ABF U-Pack - I'm subletting for two months and need my stuff stored until I find more permanent digs. In DC, I know I need to get a permit for the moving container for space in front of my place, but how do I do this in New York? Digging around on NYC.gov hasn't given me any leads.
posted by anarchivist on May 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Getting a house permitted

What is involved in getting a house proper permits? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts on Feb 5, 2007 - 17 answers

Film Permits Yes or No?

How big a deal is it to shoot a documentary in LA and New York without permits? (overseas tv crew) [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Oct 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Need help with Seattle roofing codes/permits/etc.

Help me with re-roofing my Seattle Garage - permits, codes, etc. [more inside]
posted by markblasco on May 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Am I responsibile for unpermitted decks built by previous owners?

I bought my house in the Los Angeles hills about two years ago. A week ago, I was approached, out of nowhere, by a City Inspector regarding two decks off the back of my house. The decks were built by the previous owners and were very likely unpermitted - which is not uncommon in the hills where I live. The larger of the two decks did have a permit applied for by the previous owner, but they seemingly didn't follow through on the permit and built the deck anyhow. The deck was very professionally done - complete with casons and concrete poured - but may not be up to code. My question is: as the current owner, am I responsible for a deck built by the previous owner that may be unpermitted? Can this inspector, who didn't come on my property but merely espied it from the street below, demand that we allow them to inspect the decks - built a few years ago? I have heard conflicting opinions from people - some who've said it's my responsibility now, some who've said I should tell the inspector I don't know anything about the permits but the decks "came with the house".
posted by bocksheesh on Apr 3, 2006 - 15 answers

Lux et Veritas : Can my apartment windows be blocked over?

Looks like the one story warehouse next door has been put up FOR SALE. Problem is that if a building goes up in its stead, two of my windows will be covered over. Do I have any rights or say in the matter? [more inside]
posted by Skygazer on Jan 20, 2006 - 19 answers

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