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pandora
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Permits have taking forever ...

While working on my home remodel, I have learned that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, that is is ALWAYS good to have positive relationships with everyone at the permit center, when a setback occurs, to ask for an appointment, even if it means waiting, let the city authority explain why he made a decision and see if there is any common ground to work up a compromise from.

I started planning for my addition formally (hired an architect) at the end of February 2012, by the end of April he had final prints, in late June after many meetings and discussions the plans were approved for the building.

Modification of the driveway has been a process that started in early June, and was just completed. It was like pulling teeth, zoning is very concerned that cars not be regularly parked in any quantity (I learned quantity is more than 2) in a front yard driveway regularly.

Our septic splice in took almost 2 weeks to get green tagged. The septic engineer who does splice approval for the health department took a 1.5 week vacation just after the splice was in. We got plumbing green tagged, but not a septic tie in green tag.

We hope to get the green tag today, as the new septic drain is 4" round and 8' from the foundation my carpenter tells me he believes it to be a foundational element and won't begin to frame this area until it's got all the green tags needed. The pipe won't be filled, due to concern of the excavator that any failure could require a modification of the pipe or his work.

It's been almost 2 weeks since we excavated and tied in the septic to our addition, but don't yet have the 2 sets of green tags required.

Sigh...
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Re: Permits have taken forever ...

It sounds like stuff is going pretty normal. We started planning our garage addition in March 2012. With any luck it will be done by the end of this month. It doesn't have any livable space in it yet and no water/septic hookups so that saved some time. The good news is once they start framing it goes pretty fast. I've been told by quite a few people our project is going "FAST" as well. LOL

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I have learned a very good phrase living on Long Island NY when it comes to anything requiring town involvement, addition, constructions and the like - especially if the hours you need to appear at town office coincide with hours you work.

Permit Expediter.

They are wonderful people who, of course for a fee, know what to fill out, when to file it, the people who will move it through the system in a very timely fashion and get you the proper permits without much hassle.
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cdru
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said by pandora:

Modification of the driveway has been a process that started in early June, and was just completed. It was like pulling teeth, zoning is very concerned that cars not be regularly parked in any quantity (I learned quantity is more than 2) in a front yard driveway regularly.

So zoning is concerned that you'll use your driveway...to park cars?

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said by cdru:

said by pandora:

Modification of the driveway has been a process that started in early June, and was just completed. It was like pulling teeth, zoning is very concerned that cars not be regularly parked in any quantity (I learned quantity is more than 2) in a front yard driveway regularly.

So zoning is concerned that you'll use your driveway...to park cars?

Oddly ... yes ... I can use the driveway to park cars, but they feel more than 2 cars parked outside a garage creates "blight". I have only two neighbors who regularly have fewer than 2 cars regularly parked in their garage. Most put some subsurface and gravel down. My problem was a desire to get a permit for asphalt. Guess parking on some rocks would work, most of my neighbors do it. Somehow from city hall (where nobody goes outside) it's less "blighty" to park cars on gravel than asphalt.

There was also a concern about non-permeable area and water drainage on the street.
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cdru
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said by pandora:

Oddly ... yes ... I can use the driveway to park cars, but they feel more than 2 cars parked outside a garage creates "blight". I have only two neighbors who regularly have fewer than 2 cars regularly parked in their garage. Most put some subsurface and gravel down.

Strange. We have an ordinance that says cars must be parked on pavement (cement or asphalt) or stone. And cars have to be operational if parked outdoors, so no cars up on blocks or "parts" cars. But nothing regarding the number of cars allowed. I guess families with more than 2 drivers are SOL.


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This is ridiculous. Every vehicle here belongs to the brown house on the left. OH and they have 2 more then this!

And they park them sticking straight out on a cul-de-sac, although usually not QUITE this bad, it's still insane.
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Are the cones out there so the neighbors on the right can access their properties? People being rude jerks with their vehicles can sure cause bad blood in 'da hood. A buddy of mine has a neighbor who routinely blocked his drive. I was doing some work for him and left my Bobcat T300 overnight so he could do a little clean up around his place. Long story short, the neighbor blocked him in and my buddy waited until the middle of the night to move his car about two blocks away to a no-parking zone, blocking a hydrant. Have no idea what ultimately happens when a car is moved several hundred feet using 72" pallet forks and to my knowledge he never got caught. The story was side-splitting hilarious but now, no one gets the unlock code to my Bobcat.

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Where I live, you can't park on unpaved surface, AND it's illegal to park a commercial vehicle in a residential driveway overnight. I found out when a guest spent the night and had his electrical contracting van in the driveway overnight, and I got a summons.

Most of these "quality of life" ordinances are the result of some pissed off politician who didn't like what his neighbor was doing and got a law passed to penalize everybody for his problem.


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Re: Permits have taking forever ...

Our city has an ordinance that you cannot keep unregistered motor vehicles outdoors. My garage is full of power equipment so the garage is not an option. I have a car that is going to be taken out of service at the end of the month due to an expiring inspection sticker and I cannot afford to correct the deficiencies to get another sticker. They cancel the registration if you don't have a valid sticker.

I guess I'll just keep it outside as the code enforcement here is non-existent. When you have a city full of slums with rat infestations and distressed housing, you know the code enforcement is useless (which means they only target the worst of the worst properties).

I live in one of the few better parts of the city.
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reply to pandora
Your best bet is to skip the permits if you can. If it's your land and your house, the government should have no say on what you do. Whatever you do, avoid any union workers and remind any nosy government types to stay of your private property.

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